Council reduces gatherings, outdoor activities

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Council reduces gatherings, outdoor activities
By Anthony Joseph

MIRI: Miri City Council is cutting down on public gatherings and outdoor activities as a precautionary move to prevent the spread of Influenza A (H1N1), and in view of the haze in the division.

The number of H1N1 cases reported in the country is escalating with the virus claiming six more lives in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 32.

Within the same period were 203 new cases caused by local transmissions to give a cumulative figure of 1,983 cases.

The city council could be the first government agency in Miri to take this precautionary measure.

Although there were no reports of new cases in Miri recently, Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai yesterday said the council had decided not to take things for granted as the virus spreads with ease in crowded places and gatherings.

Hence effective yesterday, the council has postponed two of its outdoor activities: Landscape Exhibition and Competition and Live Music performance.

The exhibition was supposed to be held on Aug 15 and 16 while music performance on Aug 16.

Both events are to be held at Bulatan Park.

Meanwhile Miri Anglers Club postponed its 2009 Sarawak Open Deepsea Tournament supposed to be held on Aug 15-16.

No new date has been fixed.

Earlier Lai was briefed by Plastic Reduction sub-committee under the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) committee on the proposed No Plastic Day campaign whereby participating supermarkets, hypermarkets and other retail outlets in Miri will not issue plastic bags to customers for one day in a week.

The campaign is expected to be launched by months end.

The committee will be meeting with supermarket and hypermarket operators and retailers to fix its date.