Sarawak breaks rank and decides not to implement MCO 3.0

Police and the army manning a roadblock during the MCO. – The Star photo.

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK has decided against implementing the Movement Control Order state-wide and will continue with its CMCO until May 17.

The State Disaster Management Committee said it will instead tighten the SOPs under the CMCO in a bid to break the chain of infections.

The Federal government yesterday announced MCO 3.0 nationwide from May 12 until June 7 to contain widespread Covid-19 infections.

Sabah has also announced that it will continue its CMCO until May 17.

SDMC said the current strategy that focuses on tracing, testing, quarantine and isolating, has proven to be effective and more practical, and it also looks after the livelihood and well-being of the people.

The enhanced SOPs are on top of the additional restrictions already imposed in districts such as Sibu, Miri, Bintulu, Betong and Kapit.

All social activities including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retreats, tourism activities and physical meetings are banned.

Gyms, massage centres, spas and reflexology centres and karaoke establishments have also been closed since April 26.

The new SOPs now prohibits dine-in at restaurants but allows take-away and delivery.

It said only 30% of management employees and 50% of staff in the operations division in the private sector are allowed from tomorrow until May 17.