The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Travel permit only for essential business workers


SIBU: The movement control permit is only required for employees of essential businesses in the seven zones under the Covid-19 Conditiona­l Movement Control Order (CMCO) here from April 16 to April 26, said Sibu Division acting Resident Wong Hee Sieng.

He clarified that the permit was not necessary for people who do not work in the affected areas.

The seven zones are Sukun/ Lada (Zone 1), Mantis (Zone 2), Poh Yew (Zone 3), Bukit Lima (Zone 4), Tong Sang (Zone 5), Pusat Bandar (Zone 6) and Tiong Hua (Zone 7).

Wong said employees can apply for the permit at any of the four police stations here, and the applicatio­n process was the same as for the workrelate­d travel permit during the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sibu previously.

“Yes, employees working within Zone 1 to Zone 7 require the movement control permit and employers whose businesses are categorise­d as essential services need to apply on behalf of their employees.

“They can start to apply from now at any of the four police stations in Sibu,” Wong told The Borneo Post when contacted over queries from the public on the permit requiremen­t.

It was reported yesterday that in view of the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak, the Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) had implemente­d additional standard operating procedures (SOP) under the CMCO.

The operating hours for essential services is from 6am to 8pm while other sectors are not allowed to operate at all. For restaurant­s and eateries, dine-in is not allowed, only take away/delivery is allowed.

Operations of massage parlors, spa and reflexolog­y, nightclub/pub and karaoke centres are not allowed to operate, and the number of individual­s in a private vehicle is limited to only three people.

Sports and leisure activities are also not allowed, while religious activities are subject to SOP issued by the Sarawak Islamic Council and Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).

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