Food sellers adjusting well to new operating hours

Rush hour: Food traders preparing their last order before closing by 8pm during MCO 3.0 in Bandar Baru Air Itam, Farlim. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Food sellers here are adjusting well to the 8pm cut-off time as they no longer have to rush to prepare takeaway food for customers.

Most of the food sellers found customers to be more understanding as they would usually call and place their orders before coming over.

A check showed there weren’t any queues at restaurants and fast food joints, at least on the island.

However, there seemed to be more cars spotted at drive-throughs.

Rozita Yin, 56, who operates the Kak Intan Nasi Lemak dan Kuih Muih stall in Bandar Baru Air Itam, said her customers usually start trickling in around 5pm to get their food rather than at the last minute.

“So, by the time I close my shop around 7.30pm, there isn’t a crowd any more, ” she said, adding that she also sells nasi lemak and kuih in the mornings to make extra income.

Rozita said that to make things convenient for her customers, she has put up A4-size stickers at her stall to remind people that the last order must come in by 7.30pm.

She said many customers also take the trouble to call to place their orders and pick up after work, which helps reduce the crowd waiting for takeaways.

Rozita used to open her stall at 6.30pm and close at 10pm, but now it is from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Mujibur Rahman Shaik Maideen of Farhah Maju Nasi Kandar in Air Itam said it is more convenient to operate this time around as people no longer rush to buy their food.

“The Covid-19 cases in Penang are high, so most stay indoors and only come out if it is absolutely necessary.

“We start cleaning up around 7pm and last takeaway is 7.30pm, as we have put up signs saying no orders will be accepted after that time, ” he said.

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