Sabah nightclubs, karaoke joints can open for business on May 14, but no dancing yet

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has allowed nightclubs and karaoke joints to start operating by Saturday (May 14).

Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said, however, no dancing is permitted yet.

“Nightclubs and karaoke outlets to open starting May 14 under the condition that no dancing is allowed yet (at such premises),” he said, in his daily Covid-19 statement on Friday (May 13).

He said patrons must also be fully vaccinated and have received their booster shots besides showing a low risk of infection.

He added MySejahtera scans and risk status checks are also mandatory.

Under the SOP released by Sabah today, there was no requirement for taking the RTK-Antigen test 24 hours before entering such premises, unlike in the peninsula.

It was announced on Thursday (May 12) that patrons of night clubs and pubs in Peninsular Malaysia will need to undergo an RTK-Ag test 24 hours before they can enter such premises once these are allowed to resume operations from Sunday (May 15).

According to the SOPs for night clubs and pubs posted on the National Security Council website, patrons must take an RTK-Ag test either physically or virtually under the supervision of a medical practitioner registered with the Malaysian Medical Council.

Alternatively, premises operators or owners can do the tests on their customers if they arrive without doing a self-test.

MySejahtera check-ins will still be compulsory for patrons and staff, and those responsible for the premises must ensure that customers have the MySJ Trace function switched on while they are on the premises.