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CMCO: Sabah issues guidelines for tourism, hospitality sectors

8th December, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has issued guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed by tourism and hospitality sector operators during the Conditional Movement Control Order (PKPB) period effective from now until Dec 20.

Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the guidelines and SOPs had been coordinated by the state Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and involve public tourism activities, hotel accommodation premises and community-based tourism activities (CoBT).

Masidi, who is also the state government spokesperson for matters related to COVID-19, said the tourism and hospitality sector, among others, need to ensure a capacity of 50 per cent for each group of tourists at a time according to the area available inside tour buses.

He said operators need to also ensure that visitors use the Sabah Trace and MySejahtera applications and registration books for close contact tracing, scan body temperature, practise physical distancing as well as use face masks and hand sanitiser.

“Public tourism activities and hotel premises must provide guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while CoBT operators are required to hold SOP briefings at the start of activities,” he told a media conference here Monday.

Masidi said they must also conduct cleaning and disinfection at least three times a day in public or frequently touched areas, manage general waste regularly as well as throw face masks into closed bins for disposal.

He said only healthy employees were allowed to be on duty while guests at hotels or visitors are required to inform the relevant parties, including government agencies, if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.

As for the hospitality sector, the state government allows restaurants or cafes to operate, including buffet menus on a ‘dished out’ basis, meetings and seminars on a small scale with an attendance limit of half the room space or not more than 20 people at a time.

For CoBT activities, equipment must be disinfected before and after use; food must be supplied in packages, and beverages and utensils such as spoons should not be shared while camping tents and safety equipment must also be disinfected, he said.

He said tourism industry players were encouraged to promote their products online or other alternatives that could reduce close contact with clients.

Meanwhile, Masidi said the state government also allows golf activities according to the SOPs set, including ensuring that only one player is allowed in a buggy throughout the game, while the use of plastic partitions is strictly prohibited. –Bernama

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