PETALING JAYA: Consumers are advised to shop for their necessary medical supplies earlier in the day as all pharmacies will have to close by 8pm, according to the latest lockdown guidelines issued by the International Trade and Industry Ministry.
Under the guidelines, which came into effect on June 1, pharmacies are allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm, and not 10pm as previously allowed.
Malaysian Pharmacists Society president Amrahi Buang said all pharmacies will have to adhere to the new standard operating procedure.
“All pharmacies will have to adjust to the new ruling because of the lockdown, ” he said when contacted yesterday.
Pharmacies are listed under the economic sectors allowed to operate under the ongoing lockdown that will end on June 14.
Checks by The Star found that many pharmacies closed at 8pm to adhere to the new government guidelines.
Previously, under the third movement control order that went into effect on May 12, pharmacies were allowed to open till 10pm.
With the shorter hours, Amrahi advised Malaysians to plan what they need to ensure they have the necessary supplies.
“Buy medicines based on your needs and buy them early, ” he said.
Malaysians who were not aware of the shortened hours were left hanging when they visited the pharmacy after 8pm.
Michelle Tan said that due to work commitments, she was unable to purchase the medicines she needed for her mother earlier.
“I guess I have to stock up on medications or purchase them much earlier now.
“It’s a bit of a hassle, but I understand the need for the SOP so that we can flatten the curve, ” said the 27-year-old marketing executive.
A 35-year-old who only wanted to be known as Leslie also said he was not aware of the shortened hours.
“We definitely have to do all our shopping much earlier. I think it is quite stressful for people who are working.
“But, we can’t do much. The Covid-19 cases are too high right now, ” he said.