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Khamis, Julai 18, 2024

Liew calls for SOP for food handlers and delivery riders

Datuk Christina Liew (right) having a word with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

KOTA KINABALU: The onus is on the people to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Government, said Sabah Covid-19 Coordinating Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said education is important to instil a sense of compliance with the SOPs, and that food delivery riders must be fully vaccinated.

“Companies must look after themselves if they do not wish to lose income in running their businesses. Those engaged in the food delivery services must adhere to the SOPs. People tend to become too complacent after the initial success in curbing the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Masidi, who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, was replying to a question from Api Api Assemblywoman Datuk Christina Liew who asked whether there is a specific set of SOPs for food handlers and food delivery riders involved in online food business.

She drew the Government’s attention to a new cause for concern that is related to infections believed to be  originating from  eateries. 

According to Liew, placing food orders online for home delivery is increasingly becoming a popular choice among the community today.

“As such, we are concerned about the vaccination status of  those involved in food handling and preparation as  well as food delivery. To prevent new infections, the Government must regulate the operations of eateries with new SOPs to raise the level of premises’ cleanliness and personal hygiene, and to ensure that all their workers are fully vaccinated,” she pointed out.