VENUES seeing large crowds — especially on weekends — are taking the necessary measures to keep visitors feeling safe and comfortable.
Visitors to Zoo Negara on weekends might spot police personnel doing their rounds at the 58-year-old national landmark.
A check by StarMetro on a Saturday found police patrolling the ticket counters at the two entrances as well as inside the zoo.
Constable Rozainee Mohd Zainudin, 37, said 18 personnel from the Hulu Kelang police station were deployed from 9am.
“We remind visitors that only one person per group is allowed to queue in line for tickets.
“The rest of the group must wait elsewhere to ensure there is no crowding, ” he said, adding that the police would stay on until the zoo closed at 5pm.
Zoo Negara deputy president Rosly Ahmat Lana said the zoo requested the police to help manage the crowd, especially on weekends.
“Usually there are three to four personnel on weekdays but we have asked for more on weekends due to increased foot traffic, ” he said.
Security guard Mohamad Ibrahim, 70, who has been working at the zoo for the past 10 years, said the increase was most notable on weekends.
“People are queueing as early as 8am even though the ticket counters open only at 9am, ” he said.
Customer service trainee Nur Thaqifah Mohd Subri, 24, said Sundays were peak days with footfall only dwindling usually after 3pm.
Aquaria KLCC executive director Daryl Foong said various measures were taken to ensure visitors’ safety and compliance with the Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
“Before the pandemic, we welcomed about 5,000 visitors a day.
“But we now expect only 600 visitors on weekdays and 2,000 on weekends, which are within our capacity during the conditional MCO, ” he said, adding that the venue was regularly inspected by the authorities.
To step up safety, Foong said the premises regularly disinfected all touchpoints, in addition to implementing contactless ticketing and payment systems as well as placing floor markers to ensure physical distancing among visitors.
He added that the venue offered a discount to frontliners for their contributions during the pandemic.
Central Market Sdn Bhd complex manager Cheong Wai Mun said the premises complied with the safety guidelines from the National Security Council.
“We also conduct disinfection frequently, ” she said.
A check by StarMetro found that visitors were monitored by security personnel at the entrance of the various premises to ensure they registered their entry and undergo body temperature screening.