Written By : Simon
KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) will be instructing its officers to conduct daily monitoring and inspections to ensure the re-opening of the 22 additional sectors does not trigger the spread of Covid-19 infections.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi in a statement today welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to re-open more economic sectors based on the national vaccination rate and the average daily patients in-waiting at the emergency wards of hospitals across the country.
“However, the ministry will ensure the government’s directive will be complied with, such as only consumers who are fully vaccinated as shown in their MySejahtera application will be allowed into premises.
“The ministry has engaged with almost all industry players involved through their associations and will provide advisory services to enable them to reopen their businesses on Aug 16.
“We have received positive feedback from industry players where the associations will issue their respective statements welcoming the re-opening of sectors.”
Nanta said the ministry also felt the impact faced by industry players in the retail and distribution sectors when businesses and premises had to close for three months from May 12, not only to the economy and business, but in all sector chains including employees and families, suppliers and wholesalers.
He said the re-opening of the additional sectors must be taken as a responsibility and advised them not to abuse the freedom.
“We are confident that if all parties welcome the move with a mature and responsible attitude, the pandemic situation will continue to improve.
“The ministry would like to call on all consumers and trade communities to work together to ensure everyone including themselves; their families and employees are vaccinated and comply with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the health and safety of the people, economy and the continuity of their businesses,” he said.
As of Aug 14, a total of 32,887 people have received the vaccine via the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme which started on July 26 nationwide including in the Klang Valley, Penang and Melaka.
Earlier today, Muhyiddin announced that several economic activities will be allowed in states under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from tomorrow (Aug 16),
They are: carwashes, electrical and electronic shops; household and kitchen appliance shops; furniture shops, sports equipment outlets, car accessory outlets, car sales and distribution centres; morning markets and farmers’ markets; fashion and accessories shops; jewellery shops; and hair salons and beauty centres (for basic hair cutting services only).
Business operators in the listed sectors must also ensure their customers produce their Covid-19 digital vaccine certificate as proof of full vaccination before allowing them to enter the premises.
An individual is deemed to have received full vaccination 14 days after the second dose (for vaccines with two doses) and 28 days after a single-dose vaccine.