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It’s OK to karaoke in Kuching from 15 August

If you are bored singing out loud at home to the extend you had already annoyed your lovely neighbors, then there’s good news for you.

Come 15 August, Sarawak will now allow entertainment centres with karaoke rooms to reopen, and that of course includes the ones in Kuching Division.

But before you plan to serenade the masses at your favourite karaoke joint, note that the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) secretariat said only karaoke joints with karaoke rooms can reopen, while those with common karaoke space are to remain closed.

This means, you can bring along your closest of friends and families to karaoke in a room at a karaoke centre, but you can’t do your favourite rendition of Bekikis Bulu Betis to everyone in the karaoke joint.

No more ‘ari meja satu ke meja lima’ kind of thing for now, if you get what I mean.

“The Ministry of Local Government and Housing has presented the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the opening of entertainment centres (karaoke rooms only), which are now allowed to operate. Meanwhile, karaoke centres with common spaces are still not allowed to resume operations. This directive takes effect on Aug 15, 2020,” said SDMC’s in its statement.

However, if you are excited to serenade the masses as before, there’s hope.

With the number of Covid-19 cases in Kuching currently on a downtrend, the limitation is expected to be further relaxed in the near future although no one can guess when that will happen.

Nonetheless, if everyone keeps themselves in check and practices social distancing to the extend that Kuching goes back to being a green zone for Covid-19 cases, the hope for Karaoke to be completely okay like before is there.

Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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