KOTA KINABALU, Oct 5: The Sabah government is planning to tighten restrictions in the state, by implementing movement control order-like regulations, with business operations halted except for essential goods and services, following the spike in Covid-19 positive cases.

However, Sabah Chief Minister Hajiji Noor said this proposal is subject to the National Security Council’s (NSC) approval.

“The state government also plans to close all schools, including daycare centres, nurseries and kindergartens as well as supermarkets, except for business premises that provide essential goods and services,” he said in a statement today.

Should NSC give their approval, he said, there will also be no dine-in customers allowed in restaurants while farmer’s and night markets will not be allowed to operate.

Houses of worship, libraries and public parks will also be closed, public buses will operate at 50% capacity, while private vehicles will be limited to two people at a time.

“The state government hopes these will be approved by the NSC, and (if approved) will be immediately implemented until Oct 16,” he said.

Sabah has recorded triple-digit infections since Oct 1, with 1,206 patients being treated in hospitals currently.


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