Sarawak imposes 10pm to 5am curfew

A roadblock mounted by the police during the MCO – Malay Mail photo

By Emma Victoria

PEOPLE in Sarawak are not allowed to be in public places without a valid reason from 10pm to 5am, starting from tomorrow (May 29) until June 11, under the movement control order (MCO) SOP.

The curfew ruling was listed under the latest guidelines from the National Security Council (NSC).

In addition to this, inter-district travel and inter-zone travel are also prohibited except for essential services or those with police permits.

High-risk individuals and children aged 12 and below are also not allowed to be in public places, open spaces or crowded areas without valid reason.

All outdoor and indoor recreational activities are prohibited while only three people are allowed per vehicle. Public transportation such as buses and boats can only carry 50% passengers under the current SOPs.

For the private sector, only 30% of workers are allowed to go into office at any one time and 20% for the public sector, except for frontliners.

Yesterday, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the MCO had to be enforced as Sarawak’s health facilities were in critical situation due to the spike in Covid-19 cases, including the detection of variants of concern.

Uggah said a total of 81 patients were being warded in intensive care units with 31 of them needing ventilators. The committee has decided to enforce the MCO statewide for two weeks to curb the spread of the virus before it gets more critical.