Frontliners on night shift adjust dinner arrangement

GEORGE TOWN: Having to work different shifts, some frontliners are adjusting their dinner preparation due to the lockdown and shortened operating hours of eateries.

Nurse Jervinn Ooi, 26, shared about her working hours at a hospital.

“As the hospital operates 24 hours, we have three shifts – the normal shift, afternoon shift and night shift,” she said.

“Our normal shift is from 7am to 2pm, afternoon shift from 2pm to 9pm and night shift is from 9pm to 7am. Since eateries will be closed by 8pm, we have to order by 7.30pm.

“Sometimes when I am on the afternoon shift, I get so busy that I forget to order dinner after work.

“Luckily, I live with my family in Penang and sometimes, my mother keeps some food for me,” she said.

“As for my colleagues from other states, it is sometimes difficult for them to get food after work.”

Firefighter Muhammad Faris Latiff, 21, said when he is on the night shift, he would either pack food before going to work or cook instant noodles with his colleagues when they are hungry.

“Our night shift is from 8pm to 8am. Sometimes, we get hungry in the middle of the night and no eateries are open.

“We usually pool money to buy dry items and keep them in the station. As our cooking skills are limited to only instant noodles, we usually cook that for supper,” he said.

Meanwhile, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said despite the reduced business hours from 8am to 8pm, policemen at roadblocks and on the ground would continue with their duty round-the-clock to ensure SOP compliance.“We have six roadblocks at five locations within the district and they operate 24 hours in three shifts.

“As personnel manning roadblocks are not allowed to leave while on duty, food will be delivered to them,” he said.

ACP Soffian added that 90 more policemen were assigned to monitor other SOP compliance on the ground with three in each team.

“The 30 teams are scattered throughout the district,” he said.

As for traffic, ACP Soffian said it was noticeably lighter with the new ruling.

The lockdown, which started on June 1, has been further extended to June 28 and all shops are required to close by 8pm under stricter rules to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

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