Allow nightclubs to operate, government urged

KUALA LUMPUR: Entertainment centers, including nightclubs, should be allowed to operate with necessary precautions in place, says a coalition of trade groups.

Expressing dismay, Industries Unite said nightclubs were still not allowed to reopen despite the government’s decision to switch to Covid-19 endemicity on April 1.

“We are grateful and happy that Malaysian businesses can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Now that the borders are opening and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are relaxing, we are heading towards an endemic environment.

“We are, however, seeking clarification from the relevant authorities as to why entertainment centers are still not allowed to open,” he said in a statement.

Last week, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said nightclubs were still considered to be at high risk of Covid-19 transmission and would be the only type of business premises remaining on the country’s ‘negative list’ from April 1.

He said those premises, which had been closed for the longest period, operated a kitchen and also served food.

“These entertainment centers contribute to the country’s job market and are seen as tourist spots on maps and mobile apps. These premises can contribute to the country’s economy and market recovery,” said the coalition.

Nightclubs, he said, should be allowed to operate in accordance with legislation and license limits.

“Entertainment centers will respect social distancing and not exploit their dance floors,” he said.

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