TAMAN Persekutuan Bukit Kiara in Kuala Lumpur will reopen to the public starting Feb 19 from 7am to 7pm daily.
However, this is strictly for individual activities.
National Landscape Department which manages the park, said the reopening would proceed unless they receive a new directive to close public parks by the National Security Council.
Its director-general Rotina Mohd Daik said the usual standard operating procedures such as registering using the MySejahtera app and taking of temperature would apply.
“Those who come here to jog are reminded to keep a 2m distance and no group activities will be allowed.“All shared facilities such as the children’s playground will be off limits, ” she said, adding that cycling was allowed.
Rotina said only the entrance from Jalan Changkat Abang Haji Openg would be accessible to the public while the entrance from Jalan Abang Haji Openg would be closed.The latter is located near SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2 while the former is further up the hill next to Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
The park was closed from Jan 15 following the second movement control order two days earlier.
Regular park-goers questioned the decision to close the park as the adjacent Taman Awam Bukit Kiara, managed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, was opened from Jan 18.
This was after Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa announced that public parks in the city would be open for jogging and cycling, but not group activities.
A department spokesperson told StarMetro that Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara was initially opened from Jan 13 but was closed following the announcement by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri that all public parks in states under MCO be closed.
“We also received advice from the police to close the facility due to the high number of visitors, which was difficult to control.
“Although visitors followed the guidelines such as registering their details and having their temperature taken, once they were inside,
it was difficult to regulate their movements, ” she said, adding that most of the visitors came between 8am and 10am daily.
On average, the park received 3,000 to 4,000 visitors a day, added the spokesperson.
She said the department would work with the police to ensure visitors complied with the guidelines.
“We have informed the police and they have agreed to conduct regular checks in the park.
“They will check to ensure visitors use the correct entrance and register their details, ” she said, adding that there was no limit on the number of visitors allowed into the park at any one time.