KOTA KINABALU: Shopping malls and fashion boutiques around the state capital are found to be adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) after reopening their businesses on Monday (May 11).
One - Jakel Silk House - even adopted a numbering system where only 25 persons are allowed into the shop at one time.
Owner Amran Mohd Nor said the numbering system allows them to better control the number of customers in their store at a time.
“We also provide temperature checks, hand sanitisers, and face masks for those who come to our shop and we remind them to practise social distancing as well, ” he said when met Monday.
He said every customer must practise social distancing at all times when they are in his shop and are required to write down their personal details such as names and phone numbers upon entering.
This is part of the requirements set for the reopening of businesses to make it easier for authorities to identify contacts if there are positive Covid-19 cases detected.
A brief survey conducted by the State Information Department also found other businesses such as Imago Shopping Mall, Suria Sabah, Center Point Sabah, KK Plaza, Karamunsing and 1Borneo Hypermall adhering to the SOPs.
All workers and customers are required to go through a temperature screening and to put on face masks at all times in these premises.
Markings for the one-metre requirement of social distancing can be seen on the floors and all over the premises.
Hotels around the city have opened up for business as well on Monday.
A bellman of a hotel in 1Borneo Hypermall, Mohd Nazrin Arippin, said their management too has made all the necessary arrangements for social distancing to be adhered to among others.
“Our customers need to also jot down their names, handphone numbers and address among other details before they are allowed to check into our hotel, ” he said.