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JOHOR BARU: Businesses in Johor will have to reduce its operating hours to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that the state government has agreed to reduce operating hours of businesses during the movement control order (MCO) period.

"Local authorities would determine the operating hours of the businesses under its jurisdiction.

"Business owners and the public should refer to their respective local authorities on the opening hours of these premises," he said in a statement on Monday (March 23).

He urged business owners and the public to abide by the guidelines given by the local authorities and stay at home as much as possible.

Earlier, Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) had announced the new operating hours for businesses providing essential services that are allowed to remain open during the MCO.

According to the notice released by MBJB, starting from March 23,24-hour private clinics will only be allowed to open from 8 am to 10 pm, wholesale markets from 4 am to 3 pm, markets from 7 am to 7 pm, while other businesses such as supermarkets and petrol stations from 7 am to 7 pm.

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