As the country’s Covid-19 case continues to rise despite a lockdown, there are inquiries being made to which sector is attributing to the increase. This time around the government is opting to keep a selection of the economy in operation under MCO 2.0, to ensure these industries do not become the next cluster zone, accurate data is collected and targeted approach is being meted out. Among those allowed to stay open are retailers, small shops and traders, according to Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, over 97 per cent of the 348,409 premises inspected by its officers found that a majority complied with the Movement Control Order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Deputy minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said of the total, only 45 premises (0.013 per cent) were compounded, 554 (0.159 per cent) were issued with warning and the rest were given advice.
“The ministry’s approach is more towards facilitating industry players by making ease of doing business a priority over the ministry‘s warnings and compounds,” he said in a statement today. Its worth noting that cases from these places has been minimal due to fear of being shut and stigma. Those which received compounds were pharmacies, telecommunication stores and restaurants.
Under the recent announcement by the Prime Minister, selected retailers are now allowed to operate until 10pm, those who got the green light were hair salons, car wash and night markets adding to earlier list of restaurants (takeaway only), hardware, supermarket, petrol stations, workshops and other essential services.