KUANTAN: An alarmingly huge number of visitors to Teluk Cempedak here is worrying the authorities.
Police have suggested restricting the entry of visitors to Teluk Cempedak, especially on weekends, to ensure the public’s compliance with standard operating procedure (SOP) on physical distancing.
The move was considered necessary due to the huge number of visitors at the beach resort on Saturday, causing the area to be congested, said Kuantan district police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali.
“Visitors continued to push their way so much so that police had to force them to turn back and told them to come again on another day for safety reasons.
“Although the visitors did wear face masks, the presence of too many people made it difficult for them to exercise physical distancing, ” he said at a press conference yesterday.
ACP Mohamad Noor said he would bring up the matter to the relevant authorities, including the Kuantan Municipal Council.
Apart from Teluk Cempedak, he said the police would continue to conduct patrols at other public areas in the Kuantan district, including the market, to ensure public compliance with the prescribed SOP.
“We will also focus on public transport, with surprise checks to be conducted at bus terminals, as well as setting up roadblocks.
“We hope public transport operators will cooperate with the police and comply with the SOP stipulated by the government, ” he said.
On a related development, ACP Mohamad Noor said police issued compounds to 17 individuals for not wearing face masks in an operation conducted in Kuantan town, Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan Sentral Terminal and a shopping mall on Saturday. — Bernama
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