By Emma Victoria
RAMADAN bazaars and food markets are not allowed to operate during the fasting month, which begins on Thursday.
However, food traders can operate within their own residential compound, offering takeaways only.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement today said the food traders are allowed to operate from 3pm to 10pm.
Apart from that, all hotels, restaurants and fast-food outlets are also allowed to operate from 3pm to 10pm for takeaways during the fasting month.
They must adhere to social distancing, wear face masks and maintaining high hygiene during the process.
The committee also encouraged business owners and food stall operators to accept online orders and payments.
“But, we advise the public to continue to stay home except those who want to purchase meals for buka puasa or sahur,” he said in the statement.
Food trucks are not allowed to operate.
Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 19 new cases and one fatality today, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the state to 455.
The victim is a 72-year-old woman who had been suffering shortness of breath for a week.
She was transferred from Sri Aman Hospital to the Sarawak General Hospital on April 20.
Her condition deteriorated and she died at 9.15am today.
The victim had no history of contact with other Covid-19-positive cases, hence investigations continue to determine how she contracted the virus.