KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 – The coalition of trade group Industries Unite today urged the government to allow nightclubs to operate with health and safety measures in place, such as the closing of dance floors and the implementation of physical distancing.
In a statement today, Industries Unite co-founders Datuk Irwin Cheong and Datuk David Gurupatham asked the government why it is not allowing nightclubs to reopen, despite the decision to move Malaysia to the treatment of Covid-19 as an endemic disease.
“We are grateful and happy that Malaysian businesses can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“However, today we seek clarification from the relevant authorities as to why entertainment centers (discotheques) are still not allowed to open,” they said.
Cheong and David then outlined several reasons why nightclubs should be allowed to reopen, saying the entertainment centers have strictly adhered to all relevant licensing and compliance requirements as well as Covid-19 SOPs.
“These premises have been closed for the longest time and these premises also operate a kitchen and also serve food.
“These entertainment centers contribute to the country’s job market and are seen as a tourist spot on maps and apps (mobile apps)
“These premises are contributing to the country’s economy and market recovery,” they said.
Industries Unite also said nightclubs should be allowed to operate in accordance with “legislation and license limits”, which would allow them to switch to food and drink service.
On March 8, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Malaysia would begin the process of transitioning to the endemic phase of Covid-19 on April 1, reopening the country’s international borders – encouraging tourism – and allowing businesses to operate without time limit. .