Sabah tourism, cultural spots told to draw up SOPs following easing of rules

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry has reminded tourism and cultural premises here to be prepared with standard operating procedures (SOP) as they are allowed to receive visitors following relaxation of rules during the movement control order (MCO) in Sabah.

It was announced last week that tourism and cultural activities are allowed to resume in conditional MCO and recovery MCO areas at 50% capacity.

Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said in a statement on Monday (Feb 22) that among those allowed to open were zoos, aquariums, edutainment centres, nature and recreational parks as well as farms.

Culture and arts premises include libraries, galleries and museums.

“All parties – visitors and tourism players – in Sabah must continue to be alert and follow SOPS.

“We don’t know how long this pandemic will be around.

“So, we must be disciplined in practising the new norm for tourism activities,” Jafry said.

He said in view of this, the tourism sector here is also making preparations for a “travel bubble” should it be implemented in the near future.

“Of course, it depends on the current situation and with the aim of seeing Sabah in recovery MCO status soon.

“A successful vaccination programme will also be a main factor in the reopening of borders and towards normalising travel and international tourism,” he added.