APART from adapting to the new norm of living amid the Covid-19 pandemic, people are encouraged to be vigilant at all times and strictly follow the standard operating procedure (SOP).
Forty-five-year-old private sector worker, Mohd Yusof Abd Karim, said people should not be complacent after the easing of restrictions by the government under the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
“We have a collective duty to fight this pandemic and ensure that infections do not spike again.
“Although I am fully vaccinated, I follow the SOP strictly whenever I go out.
“We have to be responsible not only for our own safety but also for the safety of our family and others,” he said.
Mohd Yusof was with his family at Pantai Stulang, Johor Baru earlier this month.
The father of three said he made sure none of his children left the house without his knowledge.
“They have been cooped up with me in the house as I work from home, and this is our first outing since the NRP began.
“Fortunately, no one else was nearby, so I felt safe to bring them out for a breather,” he added.
Sharing the same view is civil servant Ahmad Fahmi Zakaria, 38, who said that parents should play a key role in keeping their children safe when going out of the house.
“We have to follow the SOP and practise physical distancing when out in public because that is the new norm now.
“We cannot go back to the way it has been before,” he said, adding that he was not comfortable going outdoors and would avoid public gatherings for now.
“Although my wife and I are fully vaccinated, we are extremely cautious and still observe physical distancing as we don’t know who may be carrying the virus,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ayuni Allaudin, 23, said she took the opportunity to bring her three-year-old son to the beach as they had not had the chance to spend time outside together in a long time.
“All the public parks are still closed and some places do not allow parents to bring their children and babies along, so we decided to come here.
“Although I am fully vaccinated, I still take additional precautions when going out.
“Other parents should do the same and not allow their children to leave home without supervision.
“We have to be responsible parents, not just for our children’s safety, but also for the protection of other children,” she stressed.