Hotels in central Sarawak unlikely to reopen anytime soon

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By Emma Victoria

ALTHOUGH Sarawak has allowed almost all economic sectors to reopen yesterday (May 12), most hotels in the central region remain closed.

Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association Chairman Johnny Wong said some operators are worried their staff risked exposure to Covid-19 infection.

Besides this, the demand for hotel accommodation is also still muted.

“Since the outsiders and tourists still cannot come here due to the travel restrictions under the conditional movement control order (CMCO), the hotels prefer not to resume business. It makes no sense for them to open if there is no sales or business,” he told Dayak Daily.

Sibu, the main town located in central Sarawak, is currently classified as a yellow zone with six cases.

Wong said some two-star hotels have reopened but only to cater dine-in and catering services only.

“Smaller hotels are not prepared to open as they are worried if their employees contracted the virus, they have to be fully responsible for their wellbeing,” he said.

He said he does not foresee hotels in the central region resuming full operations anytime soon.

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