As it was announced yesterday, dine-in for states under Phase One of the National Recovery Programme (NRP) are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals starting today. And this includes Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as well. However, there have been dividing opinions on whether to open for dine-in right now.
Several Eateries In KL & Selangor Opt Not To Open For Dine-In
It comes as no surprise that most eateries have decided not to open up for dine-in just yet. Those include franchise McDonald’s and KyoChon as well as local eateries and cafes like myBurgerLab, Inside Scoop, Coco Steamboat and more. We talked to several local eateries that have decided to remain closed for dine-in for now.
myBurgerLab have immediately released a post on their social media last night on why they’ve decided to not open for dine-in in all their outlets just yet. As mentioned in their Facebook post, there are a couple reasons as to why they’re not open for dine-in yet, mainly there are just no clear SOPs on how customers can dine-in just yet. They have also decided to wait for “a higher vaccinated (double dose) rate before we feel it’s safer for all”.
Besides that, the representative from Inside Scoop also said that they are unsure as to when they will re-open for dine-in. “Even if we are fully vaxxed, we think it also depends on whether our team’s immediate family members that they live with are also fully vaxxed.”
As for eateries like KyoChon, they are currently waiting for the authorities to announce SOPs and further evaluate when would be the right time to re-open for dine-in. KyoChon’s focus is certainly on the safety of their crew and customers.
Eateries That Have Decided To Open For Dine-In Starting Today
Although, there many restaurants choosing not to reopen for dine-in, cafes such Urban Daybreak in Bangsar is open for dine-in from today onwards. According to co-founder, Jeremy Teoh, “We are open and we are obeying strict SOPs, the safety of our staff and customers are our priority but we need to slowly move to going back to “normal” life, post-Covid and all.”
Besides that, Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar have also reopen their outlets in Citta Mall and SS2 for dine-in. We spoke to a representative of the famous Nasi Kandar franchise and he mentioned that all workers in both outlets are full-vaccinated and strict SOPs are in place. They only allow maximum 3 customers per (big) table with social distancing of 1 meter apart.
Besides, dining premises in hotels such as Arthur’s Bar & Grill in Shangri La Kuala Lumpur and Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur, as well as in malls like IPC Shopping Centre’s Foodland @ LG1 have opened for dine-in with strict SOPs in place as of today. Speaking to the management for Bake By Banyan Tree, they confirmed that they are open for dine-in for fully-vaccinated individuals. They also ensure that all of their workers on the premise are fully-vaccinated.
Will You Choose To Dine-In Starting Today?
What are your thoughts on this? Will you be dining out soon as of today? Let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, continue to adhere to all the SOPs as you head out and stay safe!
This article was co-written with Ray Chel Ng.
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