Recently announced by Caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, dine-ins are now allowed for individuals who have completed their vaccination in states currently under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting on August 20, 2021.
The criteria for fully vaccinated individuals include having completed 14 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccines (for Pfizer, AstraZeneca, dan Sinovac) and 28 days for single-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson dan CanSino).
However, Health-Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has reminded Malaysians that the opening of dine-ins for restaurants is because of the economy and not because it is safe. Hence, it is important to adhere to SOPs and avoid crowded indoor spaces.
Although most eateries can now open for dine-in, many have come out on social media letting their followers know that they have chosen not to open for dine-in for the time being with some saying that it was still too risky to open.
Restaurants Choosing To Not Open For Dine-In Yet
Some big names like McDonald’s have announced that they won’t be open for dine-in except for certain states until further notice.
While McDonald’s did not mention why they didn’t open for dine-in for certain states yet, myBurgerLab mentioned that one of the main issues they cannot open for dine-in yet is due to staffing issues as they have been severely understaffed for a while now and they’ll need some time to boost hiring and retraining efforts.
Even Korean fried chicken restaurant KyoChon is going with a wait-and-see approach as cases are still high and will wait further to evaluate when would be the right time to re-open for dine-in.
To Dine-In Or Not?
With 20th August 2021 cases reaching a record 23,564 infections, it is best to take caution when visiting eateries that are open for dine-in as many people might flock to these locations after being stuck at home for so long.
For those that wish to dine in please remember to adhere to SOPs set by premise owners and double mask if possible. Customers must also show proof of their Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate while children aged 17 and under may accompany their parents but must adhere to strict SOPs.
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