Council steps up disinfection in public places

An MBPP worker washing a common area while (right) another worker wipes down the railing outside a market complex in George Town.

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is ensuring the safety of the people by amping up disinfection at public spaces.

With the latest movement control order (MCO) implemented until Jan 26, the council is covering more areas and surfaces to keep the Covid-19 virus at bay.

Pedestrian bridges, market areas, public parking, staircases at public buildings, tables, chairs and walkways are being disinfected to ensure those using the spaces are kept safe.

MBPP public health and licensing committee alternate chairman Nicholas Theng said it was normal for disinfection to be carried out during the pandemic but the council is now covering more ground.“We are covering more areas on the island now. The disinfection will be carried out daily.

“The council goes around every day disinfecting places that are frequently touched, like railings, staircase railings, sinks, pipe heads, the toilet flush, lift buttons, tables and chairs.

“They are on the top of the list when it comes to places that need to be disinfected, especially staircase railings and other railings that people tend to hold.

“Those are disinfected hourly based on the human traffic flow, ” he said.

Theng said the council is concentrating on public spaces under MBPP, especially markets and halls, as well as pedestrian bridges and walkways.

“The council is carrying out cleaning works on the flooring too by using a scrubbing machine to ensure all-round cleanliness, ” he added.

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