JOHOR BARU: With travel restrictions relaxed during the recovery movement control order (MCO) now in place, more people are visiting tourist attractions.
Some of the popular places are the many beaches in Johor Baru, such as Pantai Lido and Stulang Laut.
Both places used to be crowded pre-Covid-19 but became a forlorn sight during the MCO.
Now people are beginning to come out again while adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) put in place and there is activity at these beaches.
Among those spotted at Pantai Lido was farmer Sahwali Armin, 48, from Kulai, who came with his children.
“It is a relief to come out after being stuck at home for so long, especially for the children, ” he said.
“The beach is my favorite place, and I came all the way here to simply relax.
“I am not afraid to be out in the open here as I am following the SOP, like social distancing and avoiding crowds.
“I was initially wary as I expected Pantai Lido to be crowded but upon reaching here, felt it was safe for me and the children as there was no crowd, ” said Sahwali.
Software Engineering student Norhasliana Amiza Abdullah, 21, who was spotted with her family at Stulang Laut, said she avoided crowded places like shopping malls but felt safe in open spaces like beaches and parks.
“My family came from Terengganu to see me and help me move some things back home and I brought them to the beach.
“I am observing safety measures to stay safe, ” she said.
Housewife Marlin Noor, 44, who was visiting an open air shopping centre in Nusajaya, said she was excited to be there.
“After being stuck at home for nearly three months, I felt excited about coming here.
“If all visitors adjust to the new normal, all should be fine, ” she said, adding that SOP was being observed at the centre.
Siti Hasunah Mohammad, 32, who was with Marlin, said during the recovery period she had visited an amusement park nearby.
“I was so excited when the amusement park was allowed to reopen, ” she said, adding that the rides there were constantly being disinfected for the safety of visitors.
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