Authorities are urged to set rules for restaurant and eatery operators as a guide for accepting customers to eat at the premises.
This includes ensuring all restaurant employees have received complete vaccination to create a safe community.
The proprietor of Konda Kondi Cafe & Bistro, Azril Aryandi, said the operating rules are important as a guide, including the procedures for handling customers.
He said, however, permission to accept customers who have completed two doses of vaccine to dine-in is welcomed.
“Without rules, it’s hard for us because it’s not clear what we can and can’t do.
“My cafe workers, for example, have not yet received the vaccine, so we hope the vaccination process can be expedited because this is also important,” he said.
Currently, the famous hipster cafe located at Jalan Sultan Idris Shah remains operational by accepting orders online and utilising delivery services.
Azril said any decision to open the cafe to customers will also be thought through to see the feasibility.
Meanwhile, the owner of D’Sudu Garfu Cafe in Bandar Meru Raya, Nizam Baharuddin said, some additional rules will be imposed for dine-in customers at his cafe.
He said the measures are only as an addition to the existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
According to him, customers are obliged to wear face masks, wash their hands outside using soap before entering and only sit at the places provided inside or outside the cafe.
“The face mask should only be removed during meals. We only provide nine tables out of a capacity of 20 with a gap of two to three meters between tables.
“Customers also can’t stay in the cafe for long. We want them to order, wait for the food, enjoy the meal and then leave the cafe after eating,” he told Ipoh Echo.
According to Nizam, the payment process is only made at the customer’s table and not at the payment counter, either in cash or online payment.
Sanitisation using disinfectant spray will be done every time customers leave the premises.
“Permission for customers to dine-in is welcomed as it is a step to boost the economy,” he said.