Tourist attractions ensure SOP in place to safely handle crowds

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 15 Jun 2020

Visitors to Muzium Negara looking at some of the outdoor exhibits while waiting for the museum to reopen.

Many tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have decided to reopen their doors to visitors during the recovery movement control order (MCO).

However, some have chosen to remain closed until they are able to update and finalise their standard operating procedure (SOP) for handling large crowds and to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Among the attractions that

are still closed include the National Science Centre and Petrosains. Also remaining closed is Batu Caves. A Batu Caves temple management spokesperson told Star Metro said they are waiting to receive permission from the state government to reopen.

Zoo Negara and Kuala Lumpur Bird Park have reopened but require visitors follow the SOP such as wearing face masks, undergoing temperature checks and performing mandatory registration before entering their premises.

“Staff will also be standing by to ensure visitors comply with social distancing, ” a Zoo Negara spokesperson said, adding that only 500 visitors were allowed at any one time.

Muzium Negara would be welcoming visitors from tomorrow but no group visits would be allowed under their new SOP.“We only allow visitors between the ages of 13 and 60, ” said a Muzium Negara spokesperson.

Face masks, temperature checks and registration are also implemented at both venues.

Ensuring social distancing has not been a problem at the Islamic Arts Museum.

“Staff are on standby to ensure social distancing but so far it’s been quiet with a small number of visitors daily, ” said a spokesperson.Aquaria KLCC has re-opened since June 11, with strict SOP such as face masks, temperature checks and contactless entry.

“Staff ensure a 1m distance between visitors is maintained, ” said an Aquaria spokesperson. Also opening its doors for the first time since the MCO was Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park.

The theme park has incorporated new safety and health practices for guests and staff.

Guests are required to use a face mask and apply hand sanitiser before interacting with the animals, and wash their hands at

the designated sinks after every contact. Guests will be required to follow the designated directional pathways throughout.

A Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spokesperson said currently, only Titiwangsa park remains closed to the public.

Whether it reopens would depend on people following the SOP.

DBKL had earlier warned that it was considering closing four other public parks after crowds of visitors violated the SOP.

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