‘Enforce stricter SOP on face mask’

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor has called on the police force to step up their enforcement efforts to ensure that the people stick to the standard operating procedure (SOP) of wearing a face mask in public places.

In his decree, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar said face masks were important in reducing the risk of Covid-19 infection and that the people should take the matter seriously now that there were new clusters emerging.

“Since the SOP was put in place, I see that police, especially in Johor, have started handing out compounds to those who do not wear their face masks in public places.

“Police should increase their efforts in monitoring the situation at all the districts in Johor to make sure that all parties abide by the SOP for face masks,” he said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page.

His Majesty also urged the rakyat not to take the SOP lightly as government departments and agencies were working hard to battle the spread of the virus.

The emergence of the new Sivagangga cluster has raised concerns among business owners as most of them said they did not mind if the government were to enforce stricter SOP.

Bernice Koh, 26, who operates a third-generation laksa restaurant in Nong Chik here, said that the safety of her customers and workers was her utmost priority so she would comply if the government wants to enforce stricter rules.

“It might slow down our workflow but we do not want to take any risks,” she said.

Lin Jia Yi, 33, a customer at a Japanese food restaurant in Danga Bay, said he was surprised that the well-established outlet did not provide a QR code for patrons to scan before entering.

“Most places, even smaller coffee shops provide the MySejahtera QR code for us to scan. But at least the restaurant provided a customer logbook and a staff member took my temperature before allowing me to enter,” said Lin.

He also gave the thumbs up on the government’s move to make the use of MySejahtera mandatory.

Malaysia Budget Hotel Association Johor chapter chairman Jarod Chia said on top of scanning the MySejahtera QR code, the association’s member hotels have adopted a “better safe than sorry” approach by advising their guests to also fill up a declaration form before checking in.

“With the self-declaration form, the hotels will have a record of the guests’ temperature and contact details as we want to do our best in keeping our premises safe for everyone,” he said, adding that as service providers, we do not mind going the extra mile as it is important to make our guests feel safe during their stay in the time of Covid-19,” he added.
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