Mask on, mask off: DBKL revises directive, ‘encouraging’ public to wear face masks when entering stores

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  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has revised its earlier directive, instructing the public to wear face masks when entering stores, to “encouraging” them to wear them.

In a statement issued by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan on Tuesday (March 24), DBKL has cancelled its earlier instruction issued on Sunday (March 22), following further directives from the Health Ministry.

“We asked the public to practise social distancing in supermarkets, markets and restaurants.

“Operators must ensure that they control the number of visitors in their premises to maintain a social distance of one metre, ” he said.

DBKL is also encouraging operators, workers, suppliers and buyers to ensure that they have, and use, hand sanitisers at their premises.

Yesterday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that only frontliners and those with symptoms of Covid-19 needed to put on masks.

Under the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry, face masks need only to be worn by individuals who have respiratory symptoms (including cough and cold-like symptoms), or who are frontliners in healthcare and public order.

There has been some confusion among the public about this matter because some premises have insisted on visitors wearing masks.

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