KUCHING: Business hours in Sarawak will be shortened by two hours from Tuesday (May 25) under tighter standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb the spread of Covid-19, says the state disaster management committee.
In a statement, it said all sectors would be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm only, compared to the previous closing time of 10pm.
The committee also announced additional movement restrictions, including limiting the number of people in private vehicles to three and reducing passenger capacity in public transport to 50%.
In addition, children aged 12 and below are not allowed in public places and crowded areas without a good reason.
“As the number of cases remains high, we have decided that tighter SOP will be enforced from May 25 to June 7,” the committee said on Monday (May 24).
This comes as Sarawak reported 530 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths on Monday, taking the tally to 42,813 with 255 fatalities.
The committee also said the Kuching zone, which previously comprised the adjoining Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions, would be divided into four smaller zones.
The smaller Kuching zone now covers Kuching district and Samarahan division, while the three other zones are Serian (Serian division), Lundu (Lundu district) and Bau (Bau district).
The three districts of Kuching, Lundu and Bau make-up the Kuching division.
“All movement between these four zones is allowed with a police permit for essential services, workers and emergency purposes.
“People working in these four zones may apply for a police permit with an accompanying letter from their employers,” the committee said.
It added that workers in the four zones would be exempted from the requirement to undergo a Covid-19 swab test every 14 days, applicable to other essential workers who need to cross districts or zones regularly in their duties.
The committee also announced that 80% of public sector employees, excluding frontliners, and 40% of private sector workers would work from home, while face-to-face meetings are not allowed.
Sports and recreational activities are also prohibited, except for individual jogging and exercise.