JOHOR BARU: Starting today, it is compulsory to use a face mask in crowded areas and shop owners here will ensure customers adhere to this directive.
Most said they would make it compulsory to don face masks as a safety measure.
Teoh Kah Siang, 35, who sells traditional Chinese medicine, said customers should view the directive positively.
“The directive is for their safety and will instil confidence among customers that the premises is safe to visit.
“I did not insist on this before but now they must use a face mask to enter.
“I am sure most of my customers will comply, ” said Teoh.
He said those without a mask who want to visit his shop could do so by buying a mask from him.
“Besides medicine, I sell face masks at my shop, ” he said, adding that everyone must do their part to fight Covid-19.
“With collective effort and by adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP), we can minimise infections, ” said Teoh.
Tailor shop owner Jamil Sukaimi, 50, said making customers wear a mask was not new at his premises.
“From the start of the recovery phase of the movement control order (MCO) no one is permitted to enter my shop without having a mask on.
“There are no exceptions. This safety measure is as much for me as for my customers, ” emphasised Jamil.
“I will give face masks for free to those without one and want to come in, ” he said.
“During the MCO, business is slow but having fewer customers does not mean we can let our guard down.
“We must do all we can to fight this virus. Hopefully, the situation will return to normal soon, ” said Jamil.
“I get about 10 visitors a day and I tell all of them to cooperate for the general good.
“I also tell my customers to call before coming to pick up their orders.
“This way, they do not have to come in.
“I will pack their clothes and pass it to them at the entrance.
“They can try it on at home and if adjustments are required, I can do it for them, ” he said.
Abu Bakar Abd Manaf, 40, who sells indoor plants, said most of his customers were health conscious and wore face masks when out in public.
“I do not have a problem as they wear it when coming to my shop.
“There is no need to remind them but all the same, I will be vigilant and ensure no one comes in without one, ” said Abu Bakar, adding that he keeps face masks in his shop just in case they are needed.
“The SOP is important and all must follow it to break the chain.”
Abu Bakar said during the MCO, there was more demand for indoor plants.
“I make sure social distancing is observed and provide hand sanitiser, ” he said.
Restaurant owner Tjia Mui Mui, 51, said she would ensure the SOP, like social distancing, was in place at her premises.
“Customers need to take off their face masks when eating here so I will focus on other measures to prevent the spread of the virus, ” she said.
On Monday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned that a third wave of Covid-19 infections could occur if people continued to flout the SOP.
He said the mandatory use of face masks from today will be for crowded public places where social distancing cannot be practised.
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