Conditional MCO: Eateries can open for dine-in starting 4 May

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Starting Monday, you’ll be able to dine-in at Pak Salleh’s restaurant for mi kolok, said prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin today as he announced the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). Under the CMCO effective 4 May, most economic activities and businesses will be allowed to operate, including restaurants under the condition they comply with strict standard operating procedures (SOP).

If you haven’t been following, Pak Salleh is one of a few personas the government has used to help people understand the benefits of different relief packages under the additional Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package on 6 April.

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Muhyddin added, “There is actually a lot of work that Pak Salleh has to do before he can reopen the restaurant. Restaurant owners, food trucks, and other food stalls must comply with the SOP set by the authorities.”

Firstly, to ensure social distancing, tables should be set at least two metres apart to ensure there is enough room for customers and employees to move. This is also to ensure there is a safe distance between dine-in customers.

Restaurants can put notices on each table to indicate the number of pax allowed on each table, depending on the size of the table. For smaller tables, it could be one or two persons, whereas for bigger tables a maximum of four. This is at the discretion of the eatery.

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A line measuring one metre from each other should be drawn in front of the cashier to ensure customers practice social distancing while making payment.

Restaurants should provide hand sanitisers and soap for customers aside from disinfecting the table before the next customers sit down for a meal.

Restaurant owners are advised to provide face masks to employees who should wear them at all times.

In addition, restaurants may want to check the temperature of customers before they can enter the restaurant. They will need to record the customers’ names and phone numbers, as well as date and time they arrive at the restaurant. This is in the event of a positive COVID-19 case involving the customers, contact tracing can be done efficiently.

It is unclear how and who will enforce this procedure at this current juncture, and how contact details will be verified. A contact tracing app like MyTrace or MySejahtera may be a more viable method.

For people who are concerned about their safety, they are advised to do takeaways or use food delivery services.

Food outlets are allowed to operate from 5.00AM until 12.00AM, and can accept customers between 7.00AM till 10.00PM daily.

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