KUCHING: Hair salons, furniture stores and car wash outlets are among the retail operations allowed to reopen as Sarawak enters Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) on Wednesday (July 14).

According to the latest standard operating procedures (SOP) released by the National Security Council, hair salons can only provide haircuts during Phase Two.

Other retail activities allowed include shops selling clothes, footwear, kitchenware, household appliances and sports equipment.

Convenience stores, supermarkets, wet markets and wholesale markets can continue to operate while shopping malls can only open those sections providing essential goods.

Eateries, food trucks and hawker stalls can operate based on the SOP to be released by the state Local Government and Housing Ministry.

This comes after the state disaster management committee decided on Tuesday (July 13) that dine-ins will still not be allowed for now due to the detection of Delta variant cases in Kuching.

The operating hours for economic and industrial sectors have also been revised to 6am to 10pm for Phase Two while the workforce capacity for the private sector has been increased from 30% to 50%.

Economic activities still not allowed to operate during Phase Two include massage, spa and reflexology centres, beauty and wellness centres, gyms, cybercafes, pubs and nightclubs, cinemas and karaoke.

Interstate and inter-district travel remains prohibited, except for essential services with a police permit.

Social activities and gatherings are also still not allowed, including akad nikah, weddings, receptions, doa selamat, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties and reunions.

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