Eateries operating hours extended to 10pm

Meanwhile, the MCO which was scheduled to end on Jan 26 has now been extended to Feb 4

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by ARIF KARTONO

OPERATING hours for all eateries have been extended by two hours to 10pm daily beginning today.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the operating hours of restaurants, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts and food kiosks will now be between 6am and 10pm.

He said the rule also applies to food delivery services adding that food sales activities are only allowed for takeaway, drive-through and delivery, while dine-in is still prohibited.

Ismail Sabri also said the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur (KL), Putrajaya, Labuan, Johor, Kelantan and Sabah which was supposed to end on Jan 26, will be extended until Feb 4.

He added that the government will start imposing higher compounds to those who breach the MCO, mainly entertainment centres which have been operating during this time.

“Entertainment-related businesses remain stubborn and have been operating even when it is not allowed. Since RM1,000 (compound) is not an issue for them as it is too low, we will apply stricter enforcement. This also applies to employers who refuse to send employees to take swab tests.

“Through the emergency ordinance, we can take swift action and perhaps apply heavier punishment. This is to better control the transmission of Covid-19,” Ismail Sabri said.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced MCO in Westlite Hostel, Taman Perindustrian Tampoi Jaya in Johor Baru, was terminated as scheduled.

Police arrested 577 individuals for violating MCO regulations on Wednesday, of which 545 individuals were compounded and 32 were remanded.

On Ops Benteng, the authorities arrested 12 illegal immigrants and confiscated five vehicles.

The operation also detected 115 boats near national waters.

A total of 796 people returned to the country on Wednesday and were sent to observe the mandatory quarantine in various designated quarantine centres nationwide.

To date, approximately 184,607 foreign workers have undergone screening tests for Covid-19, involving 6,869 employers and 845 clinics.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 3,170 new Covid-19 cases were recorded yesterday.

Of the total, 3,162 were local transmissions and eight were imported cases. There are now 41,755 active cases nationwide, with 260 cases placed in intensive care units, while 103 cases required respiratory aid.

There were 2,944 recoveries reported yesterday which brought the total recoveries to 130,152.

Meanwhile, 12 deaths were reported, bringing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 642.

Dr Noor Hisham said the fatalities involved four cases from Johor, Selangor (three), Sabah (two) and one case each from Negri Sembilan, Perak and Sarawak. All were Malaysians.

He said KL reported the highest new daily cases at 576, followed by Selangor (545) and Johor (423).

A total of 26 cases reported were related to clusters in lockups, immigration detention depots, and prisons involving Jalan Harapan Prison (10), Damai Pelangi (eight), Seberang Perai Prison (five), Mempaga Wall (two), and Jelok River Prison (one).

Dr Noor Hisham added that 16 new clusters have been identified, involving 11 workplace-related clusters, two community clusters, two clusters involving risk groups and one religious-related cluster.