Minimising risks at shopping centres


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2020

Workers sanitising a help desk at Sutera Mall as part of efforts to keep the virus at bay.

JOHOR BARU: Shopping centres in the state are increasing cleaning routines to ensure their premises are clean to keep away coronavirus (Covid-19)

Other steps included the use of stronger chemicals and sanitiser at points of contacts and common areas which are frequented by visitors, as well as putting up reminders on observing hygiene.

This is being done not only to draw shoppers but as a collective effort by shopping centres to do their part to curb the spread of the virus.

Shopping centres have also gone the extra mile in the fight against the virus, such as The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey, which follows a standard operating procedure (SOP) in case of a confirmed case.

Mid Valley Southkey deputy general manager Jenny Chan said the mall was vigilant in monitoring the premises.

“We are setting up a holding room for those found with symptoms of the virus

“All measures taken are based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation.

“We also have an ambulance and paramedic team on stand-by at our mall, from 9am to 11pm,” she said.

Information on the virus put up at City Square Mall Johor Baru to educate the public.Information on the virus put up at City Square Mall Johor Baru to educate the public.

City Square Mall Johor Baru has also taken into consideration the likelihood of detecting a potential case in their mall, and have prepared their staff to handle such a situation.

“We have daily briefings for them,” said City Square Mall executive committee member Martin Rozario.

“We have an SOP in place and have roped in the clinics in the mall in case there are cases detected.

“We will be vigilant and continuously carry out measures to maintain high hygiene standards throughout the shopping mall,” he said.

Other malls which are helping to fight the outbreak include Sutera Mall and Paradigm Mall Johor Baru, with safety measures intensified.

WCT Malls Management Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Selena Chua, who is in charge of Paradigm Mall, said that they were taking all necessary precautions to mitigate the risk against the transmission of the virus.

“We have placed hand sanitiser at all concierge counters and entrances for the public to use.

“Our escalators, toilet seats, water taps and lift buttons are now sanitised several times a day,” she said, adding that staff were also required to wear face mask at all times.

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