DBKL keeping an eye on tourist spots


Safety first: Tourists enjoying the city sights are taking precaution and wearing face masks as they cross a street outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Public spaces and tourist spots in the city remain open but Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) isn’t letting its guard down.

Popular gathering spots like Dataran Merdeka and the Kuala Lumpur Library are not closed to tourists, so mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said that workers on the ground have been briefed about guidelines on preventing the spread of the virus.

“Dataran Merdeka is one of the most visited sites in the city, with tourists coming from all over the world, we cannot just close it.

“But we have distributed masks and hand sanitisers to about 9,500 on-the-ground workers as well as instructed them to comply with health and safety aspects.

“DBKL does not have any thermal scanners at the moment but we are keeping a lookout for tourists who show symptoms, ” he said.

This comes after Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said that closing off popular tourists sites to visitors would not be good for the country’s image.

The Putra Mosque in Putrajaya and Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur had announced that they were closed temporarily to tourists, believed to be over concerns over the novel coronavirus.

The two mosques will be open only for prayers.

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