Night market, hair salons, carwash allowed to operate tomorrow

A quiet Bukit Besi night market in Kuala Lumpur following the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 28 OKTOBER 2020 hair salons carwash centres MCO
A quiet Bukit Besi night market in Kuala Lumpur following the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 28 OKTOBER 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has allowed three business centres namely, the night market, hair salons and carwash centres to operate again by adhering to stricter standard operating procedures (SOP) beginning tomorrow.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the decision was made after the government found that there was no new cluster from those sectors and they may operate until 10.00 pm.

Nevertheless, he warned that the sector may face immediate closure if there are new cases or SOP violation involving them.

“After discussing and seeing that there is no new cluster produced by these three activities, the meeting agreed to approve night market and they are allowed to operate from 4.00 pm until 10.00 pm by adhering to strict SOP, a distance of 1 metre between stalls, different entrance and exit route and heavily guarded by RELA.

“Only hair salons are allowed, other services like facial are still not allowed to operate. They must wear face mask and disposable apron, gloves and wash their scissors with hot water.

“However, I wish to remind that any sector, including those allowed to operate before this, if there are new cases or violation of SOP, their premises will be shut down immediately.

“If there are report that the farmers’ market violates the SOP, we will also close it down. We are stricter this time,” he said in a news conference today.

On the number of visitors allowed in the night market, Ismail Sabri said that it would be discussed among the local authority (PBT) and the organisers of the night markets.

At the same time, he also said that the Special Team are given the authority to enter government and private offices to inspect if the employers comply with the 30 percent employees attendance.

“The PBT are allowed to make inspections in the manufacturing sector but in the offices, some of them don’t allow outsiders to enter their offices.

“However, those from the Special Team can enter if they need to. I believe that the private and government offices have their own SOP and there is no need to have a special operation team there,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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