PETALING JAYA: Theme parks, including water parks, will be allowed to operate beginning July 1, says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).
Ismail Sabri said the approval would involve 54 theme parks and a workforce of more than 10,000 nationwide.
Ismail Sabri said the decision to allow theme parks and water parks to operate was made following a special ministerial meeting earlier on Monday (June 29).
He stressed that theme park operators must abide by Covid-19 SOPs, which includes ensuring the adherence to social distancing at all times and to limit its visitors based on the capacity and space of the venue.
“Visitors must also register their details via the MySejahtera app. Temperature checks must be taken and hand sanitisers must be given.”
For those who operate water parks, Ismail Sabri said they need to abide by SOPs and guidelines on the management and maintenance of swimming pools, which is under the purview of local authorities.
Ismail Sabri also said that water parks must abide by guidelines pertaining to the maintenance of swimming pool water quality.
These SOPs and guidelines, said Ismail, is made available at the official websites of the National Security Council and the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also said that those who visit shopping malls would only need to have their respective temperatures checked once, which will be done upon entrance at the shopping mall.
He said this was decided by the special ministerial meeting where temperature checks would not be needed to be made on customers upon entering every shop in the shopping mall.
However, mall-goers are still required to provide their personal details (either manually or through the MySejahtera app), to each shop they entered in the shopping mall, in order to allow contact tracing in the event of a customer was found to be positive with Covid-19.
Ismail Sabri said the decision was made during the meeting following complains it received from business operators, where they had to conduct temperature checks numerous times.
The same rule applies for hotels as well, said Ismail Sabri.
“Inside the hotel there are restaurants, maybe there is a souvenir or clothing store. So if you are in a hotel, your temperature only needed to be checked once at the entrance, ” he added.