Care centres’ operating capacity increased from next week

Rokiah Mahmud

Several facilities under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be upgraded to another level under the de-escalation plan announced by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin at a press conference yesterday.

The minister announced that child care centres, centres for differently-abled, museums, galleries and libraries will be upgraded to phase three of the de-escalation plan on July 27.

While Senior Citizens Activity Centre (PKWE) facilities will be under second phase of the de-escalation plan.

The minister announced that the childcare centres will be upgraded from 60 per cent to 80 per cent of the normal capacity. Children aged six months and above with no fever, flu or high-risk symptoms can be sent to the centre. One-to-one and group activities are now allowed. Meanwhile, centres for differently-abled are allowed to be operated up to 80 per cent of the normal capacity and open for those with low and medium risk. Indoor, outdoor and team activities are now allowed.

Libraries will be opened for the public on a daily basis during office hours, while museums and exhibition galleries will be operated daily except on Mondays, Fridays and public holidays. Only 70 people are allowed entry at one time depending on capacity.

PKWE centres are allowed to operate up to 60 per cent of normal capacity and only those with low and medium risk with controlled chronic diseases are allowed. Indoor and outdoor activities are allowed.

The minister also shared statistics during the press conference. Forty-two out of 46 licensed childcare centres started operation where 590 children were sent to the centre; seven centres for differently-abled are in operation with 339 students and trainees. Museums, galleries and libraries received 2,600 visitors from July 16-21.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin during the press conference. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR