Eateries should embrace Covid management rules: SMEs Association

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

MALAYSIA: The food and beverage industry in Malaysia must follow all necessary standard operating procedures set by the government, the Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (Samenta) has advised its members.

Samenta Central chairman Datuk William Ng said effective Covid management techniques had become even more vital now as businesses begin to slowly reopen, especially eateries.

“In the last Recovery Movement Control Order, some businesses were fined up to MYR50,000 (US$11,793) for not adhering to (the rules), which sent mixed signals to the business community,” he said.

Currently, dine-in options are available for fully vaccinated restaurant guests, while take-away remains available for others.

Ng said the multi-phase approach for reopening was causing confusion to businesses and burdening enforcement agencies. “The government should consider reopening all economic sectors once each state’s population has achieved 80% fully vaccinated status. (But whatever the circumstances,) we urge all small and medium sized enterprises to exercise caution when reopening businesses,” Ng noted.

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