Luyang eatery warned
Published on: Friday, May 29, 2020
By: Oliver Voon
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Health Inspector from the Ministry of Health inspecting the Luyang restaurant on May 23.
Kota Kinabalu: A Luyang eatery owner was warned by the Ministry of Health to abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) when running its business during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). 

A member of the public approached Hotline recently who was concerned about the lackadaisical attitude of the latter in following the procedures set by the government in their premises. 

One of the worries was that customers were allowed to do self-service at the premises, where the task should have been left to the staff who are wearing gloves and face mask to ensure efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 are successful.  

“How can they allow customers to scoop their own foods from the display table?” asked one TAN, who came across the situation recently. 

Apart from that, he also questioned the government’s ruling on disallowing hotel buffet and various buffet restaurants that follow SOP to operate during the order. 

“Why there is a restriction on them while this shop was given a clean bill to provide buffet style?” he asked. 

A check at the premises by a team from the Ministry on May 23, discovered that the shop owner failed to provide hand sanitiser to customers.

“Apart from failing to get scanning of body temperature, they also failed to register the names of all customers, to enable contact tracing if someone test positive for the virus,” he added. 

He said eatery owners must observe these conditions set by the authorities under the conditional MCO from May 4.

1.    There must be someone manning the shop entrance where there should be not more than five people are present at a time. 

2.    Marking the position for social distancing for both outside and inside the premises. 

3.    Each customer who uses the utensil must be provided with gloves other than facemask.   

4.    Staff must be assigned at the entrance to get body temperature of customers, record their names and contact numbers, apart from controlling their entry into the shop. 

He assured that its team would conduct a follow up at the premises concerned, as well as other eateries in the suburb, including Damai and Foh Sang commercial centres throughout the span of the order.  

“We told the owner of this restaurant to comply with the SOP during the CMCO period or face stern action including shutting down their premises,” he said, adding that the action is stipulated under Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. (OV) 



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