By Emma Victoria
KARAOKE outlets in Sarawak are allowed to resume business on Aug 15 after been closed for more than four months since the Movement Control Order (MCO)
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement said business owners and customers must follow the strict guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) which will be issued by the Local Government and Housing Ministry.
“However, the open space or the common space of the entertainment outlet are not allow to operate. Only the karaoke rooms are allowed to reopen,” said the committee.
Elaborating on the matter, Ministry of Local Government and Housing principal assistant secretary Desmond Jerukan said the ministry had already finalised the SOP for closed-door karaoke rooms.
“However, this excludes the karaoke services in shoplots and eateries. The SOP does not apply to them. They cannot resume their karaoke services yet,” he told the Borneo Post.
He said that the SOP, which is currently in the midst of finalisation, was meant strictly for closed-door karaoke rooms only.
“This is because the closed-door karaoke operators are very proactive and they have come up with the proposed SOP themselves before they forwarded it to the ministry.
“That SOP cannot be applied to the ones operating ‘open karaoke’ concept, as their circumstances posed a higher risk to Covid-19 transmission.
“That is why we want to work out the SOP with the ‘open karaoke’ operators at shoplots. At the moment, engagement has not been done but we will soon,” he explained.
When asked whether it was possible for ‘open karaoke’ operators to reopen together with the selected ‘closed-door karaoke’ operators on Aug 15, he responded in the negative.
“It’s not that we want to create a gap between the two types of karaoke operators but if the ‘open karaoke’ operators do not come up with their own SOP on how they can manage their karaoke services, we will not be able to allow them to operate in view of public safety,” he added.
Meanwhile, nine compounds were issued today to those who failed to adhere the SOPs, which included three in Limbang, three in Miri, two in Kota Samarahan and one in Sarkei.