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KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal today announced the opening of more sectors in the state during the fifth phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), which has been extended to June 9.

The state’s tourism industry is one of the sectors that was given the green light by the government to start operation again as of May 10.

Shafie in a statement also said that inter district travel will be allowed but with strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the Health Ministry and relevant authorities.

“Domestic tourism (within Sabah only) is allowed as well as all activities that includes offering accommodation, adventure and recreation, tourist attractions, food and beverage, ticketing services and transportation among others.

“Hotels are also allowed to re-open but facilities like suraus, gymnasium, spa, sauna, lounge, swimming pool, meeting rooms, seminar hall, training room and buffets are to remain closed,” he said.

He said that the state government also decided to increase the number of domestic flights to and from Sabah and urged aviation companies to increase flights from Kuala Lumpur / Johor Bahru / Pulau Pinang / Kota Bahru / Alor Star / Kuching / Miri / Bintulu to Sabah and vice versa.

This call is also for flights within the state.

Shafie added that research and cultural education are allowed as well as cultural activities such as arts and crafts, music and dance which are limited to less than 10 people a session.

Recreational and environmental research activities as well as services offered by Sabah Parks and sanctuaries such as Tabin Wildlife Resort, Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, KK Wet Land and private managed activities can now resume operations.

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