The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has reversed its decision to not allow restaurants and convenience stores in the city to operate until 2am.

The decision comes just a day after the city hall said it will stick to the midnight closing hours, as required under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Last Thursday, Senior Minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced that the National Security Council (NSC) has agreed to allow eateries and convenience stores nationwide, will be allowed to operate until 2am, after business operators complained about the lack of income due to the shorter operating hours.

Following the announcement, DBKL declared that all businesses in the city will still have to shut by midnight, as observation has revealed the need for better compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the RMCO.

The uniformed operating hours would allow better monitoring of premises by DBKL and other agencies, the council had said in a statement on Saturday.

However, the reversal of stance was announced yesterday by Federal Territories Annuar Musa at a press conference yesterday, reported the New Straits Times (NST).

According to him, DBKL will be issuing a circular detailing the SOPs and date of implementation for the new operating hours, today.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing partial lockdown had caused many businesses to shut down, including restaurants.

It was recently reported that seven to eight percent Indian Muslim businesses in the country folded during the RMCO as they could not sustain their businesses with staff restrictions and lesser income.

Source: NST, The Star
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