Rising occupancy rates at hotels here indicate the state’s tourism sector was gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said most hotels have reported occupancy rates of between 78 per cent and 100 per cent, especially on weekends.
Chow said this was an encouraging sign for the tourism sector’s recovery.
As the authorities try to contain the spread of infections from the Sivagangga Covid cluster, the Penang executive councillor in charge of public health has expressed frustration with the Health Ministry for not acting on her suggestion earlier.
Dr Norlela Ariffin had asked for overseas returnees to be subjected to centralised quarantine instead of self-isolation. However, the ministry had only reverted to enforced centralised quarantine on July 24.
Penang today confirmed one positive Covid-19 case in the state, bringing the tally in the state to 122 since the pandemic first hit.
The state has not recorded any new infection for the past 91 days, earning it the only state in Malaysia with a green state status.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow urged residents to remain calm and not resort to sharing unverified information.
Police have identified a couple who was seen in public wearing what were thought to be Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) wristbands with the words 'high risk' written on them.
An image of the couple, who were at the Penang Hill parking lot on Saturday, went viral on social media.
Due to a long queue for tickets at the Penang Hill counter, the duo decided instead to visit the Queensbay Mall, where they were spotted by other members of the public. One patron later lodged a police report.
he organiser of the Mahabbah@Aidiladha Carnival beside a hypermarket in Bertam has been slapped with RM1,000 fine after he was found to have broken almost all the standard movement control order (MCO) guidelines.
"The 48-year-old operator failed to prepare dedicated entry and exit points or ensure sufficient social distancing at the venue.
Playing football at a field in Taman Bagan here at about 1.30am today proved to be a costly affair for a group of men. Eleven of them, aged between 19 and 23, each had to pay RM1,000 compound for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Seberang Prai Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor, who confirmed the incident, said a team of police from the RMCO Compliance Task Force detained the men during checks in the neighbourhood.
Beginning today, some 18,800 Form Five and 2,200 Form Six students in Penang returned to school following a three-month interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Strict standard operating procedures (SOP) were put in place at all 128 schools, which included body temperature checks and social distancing, before the students were allowed into their classrooms.
The Penang Civil Defence Force (APM) has been deployed to Batu Feringgi to ensure beachgoers' compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs). Since the Recovery Movement Control Order's (RMCO) implementation on June 10, visitors have been thronging the tourist hotspot.
Punters on the island thronged 4D outlets when they reopened for business on Wednesday (June 17), after being closed during the movement control order (MCO). People were seen lining-up at the outlets of Sports Toto Malaysia, Magnum and Pan Malaysia Pools(Damacai) on Sri Bahari Road.
Penang has received the green light for art, music and dance classes as well as cyber cafes and non-water based theme parks to resume operations. State Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, however, said, they would have to strictly observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council (NSC).
The state will join the federal government and other states in implementing the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tomorrow.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang Security Council Committee (PSCC) which met today agreed to fully implement the RMCO for all business and economic sectors effective tomorrow as announced by the federal government on Sunday.
The Penang government has taken note of the imposition of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today and will make a decision on it next week.
Chief Minister Menteri Chow Kon Yeow said for the moment the Penang government will continue with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) until a decision is made by the Penang Special Security Committee meeting on Wednesday.
THE compliance rates of eateries in Penang on dine-in standard operating procedures are 99.6% compliant on the island and 99.2% on the mainland.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said this after checks were conducted at 155,379 outlets on the island and 219,391 more on the mainland.
Police issued compounds to 24 people, including one Vietnam national, for using rat lanes to sneak between Penang and Kedah here, recently.
Seberang Prai Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor said police had identified two rat lanes used by locals from both states to sneak in and out during the ongoing Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.
The individuals were detained at the routes near Lorong Tengah, Jalan Kampung Selamat here, between May 27 and 29 during police checks.
All mosques in Penang, allowed to hold Friday prayers since last week during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), have fully complied with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set.
State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abdul Manan said checks showed all the mosques involved in holding Friday prayers had adapted and practised the SOP set such as providing hand sanitisers and recording body temperatures.
"Police has and will continue to monitor the situation at all premises, including houses of worship, to ensure full compliance of the SOP.
Penang will monitor contractors, especially those with foreign workers, to make sure they comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the conditional movement control order (MCO).
State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said local contractors had to ensure their workers abide by the social distancing rules at construction sites and workers’ quarters, as this was the priority item on the SOP list.
Nearly 7,000 foreign construction workers here have been tested for Covid-19 but the question remains on how the screening could help contain the spread of the virus.
Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said it was difficult to gauge the effectiveness of the screening as most of these foreign workers were staying together with their counterparts working in other sectors.
The Penang government is still discussing the possible reopening of hair salons and barber shops and has not made a decision yet, said State Housing, Local Government and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.
He said although the state government had recently allowed dine-in services in restaurants during the Conditional movement control order (CMCO), it was implemented with stringent guidelines and cooperation.
The state Road Transport Department (RTD) has urged the people to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) when conducting their official matters at its counters.
A spokesman from the state RTD said there was no need for mad rush as all its service counters were operating as usual throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
He said RTD service counters open daily from Mondays to Fridays, between 8am and 4pm, and between 8am and 1pm on weekends.
Some 308 drivers who attempted to enter Penang for Hari Raya and other reasons, were ordered to turn back yesterday.
A total of nine compounds were also issued against those who failed to comply with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
Speaking to newsmen after checking police roadblock at the Jawi toll plaza today, state police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abdul Manan warned those without police approval for interstate travel to not attempt to enter the state.
Muslims in Penang are not allowed to visit the graves on Aidilfitri throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period, said Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman.
Ahmad Zakiyuddin, who is Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) president, said visiting graves is a “sunat” (recommended) practice, therefore Muslims in the state are advised to postpone it.
He said the recitation of “talkin” during funerals are also not allowed throughout the CMCO period in the efforts to break the chain of Covid-19 infection.
To some Penangites, it feels like a very long time since they went out for a meal at their favourite restaurants. While most of the country has been able to dine in at restaurants since May 4, Penang only followed suit from yesterday.
Penang’s eateries in shopping malls, hotels and fast-food franchises were allowed to accept dine-in customers, whose delight was obvious.
At restaurants with seats and tables marked with tape for social distancing, families came out for the luxury of “having-here” meals, even if they had to sit apart.
All Penang eateries will be allowed to open for dine-in service from May 18 onwards, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said the state exco met on May 13 and decided to allow dine-in at all food and beverage premises in the state.
“The local authorities together with the local government exco and state health department will need to issue guidelines needed for this second phase in allowing dine-in services,” he said in his Facebook message today.
PENANG has begun mass Covid-19 screening of foreign workers, with a target of screening all the 51,208 registered ones within a month.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the government was serious in getting all the 14,436 workers from the construction industry and 36,772 workers from the manufacturing industry screened.
Penang has a total 51,208 foreign workers in factories and on construction sites who will need to undergo Covid-19 screening, said state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo.
The state local government, housing and town and country planning committee chairman said it is compulsory for all foreign workers to undergo screening before going back to work, as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by the federal government under the conditional movement control order (CMCO). “In Penang, there are 109 construction sites on the island and 127 on the mainland with a total 14,436 construction site foreign workers,” he said in a press conference after checking on a temporary Covid-19 screening test site for construction workers at Padang Polo.
Beginning Friday, dine-in will be allowed in hotels, malls and fast-food franchises throughout Penang, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced today.
He said a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the matter will be made by the respective local councils tomorrow.
Chow said the decision for this was reached during the state special security committee meeting today.
He said the dine-in in hotels, malls and fast-food franchises was only the first phase, with dine-in in other premises to be announced in subsequent phases.
The government is closely monitoring the few “lorong tikus” that illegal immigrants use to sneak into the country and has made a few arrests at these entry points, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.
He said the government has formed a special task force, led by the armed forces, consisting of all uniformed agencies to closely monitor all entry points into the country.
Putrajaya has prepared 32.6 million face masks to be distributed to all Malaysians, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.
He said the face masks will be distributed to a total of 8.16 million households in the country.