KUCHING, June 12 — Recreational and sports activities, together with beauty centres, will be allowed to resume operation next Wednesday, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) announced today.
The Sarawak Ministry of Youth and Sports will contact the relevant sports bodies to inform them of the standard operating procedures (SOP) in detail. Likewise, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Sarawak will inform all beauty salon operators on the proposed SOP.
As for teachers returning to work in Sarawak, guidelines set by the SDMC are separated into those on duty in the city and those who will be on duty in rural Sarawak.
Teachers who will be on duty in the city will be required to home quarantine (Stay Home Notice) for 14 days upon arrival and will have to wear a “wristband” throughout the quarantine period. Covid-19 screening will be carried out on the 10th day for these teachers.
For teachers working in rural Sarawak, they will be required to undergo 14-day quarantine at a quarantine centre designated by the SDMC, and Covid-19 testing will also be carried out on the 10th day for these teachers.
All foreigners with holders of valid work permits and visas, including Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) participants who had been in Malaysia before the Movement Control Order (MCO) started, will be allowed to enter Sarawak without undergoing quarantine, with SDMC’s permission.
Foreigners who entered Malaysia during the MCO will be allowed to enter Sarawak through application with the SDMC, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine will be imposed with the cost borne by the foreign individual.
SDMC also reported that the committee has directed the Sarawak State Border Committee to tighten control and movement at the border, including land and water, to ensure that no illegal activity is carried out.
Mosques and surau have also begun worship services today in compliance with the SOP issued by the Sarawak Islamic Council on June 8, 2020.
Sarawak today reported zero new Covid-19 cases, which means that the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state remains at 556. No new discharged cases were reported today; total discharged cases remain at 531 or a 95.5 per cent recovery rate. Nine new Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) were reported today, while seven are still pending Covid-19 test results.