Hotels, e-commerce now part of essential services

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By Chew Lip Song

HOTELS and accommodations are now part of the essential services and are allowed to operate during the movement control order to contain the spread of Covid-19.

This clarification came through a government gazette published today amid earlier confusion which saw hotels forcing guests to check-out yesterday.

Also listed in the gazette as essential services was e-commerce.

Meanwhile, FMT reported that the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) said all member hotels would be operating with a skeletal staff including those from the security and engineering departments.

MAH president Kamatuddin Baharin said hoteliers would limit services to guests who had checked in before March 18, with food and beverage services reduced to room service only.

“Our advice (to hoteliers) is to look at the bigger picture and focus on containing the spread before the situation gets worse.

“We should all do our part to stop people from moving unnecessarily at times like this,” he said in a statement today.

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