No happy hour for breweries

PETALING JAYA: Breweries, which had been allowed to continue operating under the lockdown, will now have to shut down as they are not deemed an essential manufacturing sector.

In a statement today, senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that while operating permits had been granted to factories manufacturing food and beverages during the lockdown, this approval is only for factories producing essential items.

“Breweries are not included in this category,” he said.

“The government today agreed that all breweries across the country are to be closed immediately.”

Earlier today, an Amanah Youth leader questioned the government for allowing Carlsberg Brewery to keep its operations running under the nationwide total lockdown – after an approval letter by the international trade and industry ministry (Miti) was widely shared on social media which showed that Carlsberg was allowed to operate under strict SOPs.

A Miti spokesman previously confirmed that breweries are allowed to operate as they fall under the beverages sector listed by the National Security Council (MKN).

Meanwhile, Ismail also announced that several areas in Sarawak and Sabah will come under enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from June 3 to 16 after a spike in Covid-19 cases in the localities.

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