Smooth reopening for nightclubs, pubs

PETALING JAYA: It was a successful restart for nightclubs and pubs as the first weekend of their reopening saw huge turnouts with good adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOP).

Beginning May 15, pubs and nightclubs are allowed to reopen their doors after 788 days of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, provided they comply with requirements that include mandatory Covid-19 testing, low-risk MySejahtera status, and MySJTrace being activated.

Trec Kuala Lumpur, which had expected about 8,000 to 10,000 customers for its reopening, was not disappointed, said Trec Holdings general manager Kelvin Lam.

"The reopening of the nightclub went well and we are happy to see people return to the entertainment scene.

"Judging from the crowd, I believe the public is just as excited as we celebrate the reopening of the entertainment sector after two years," he added.

Lam said SOP compliance was generally satisfactory, while the additional Covid-19 testing and MySejahtera status checking process were fast and smooth, though he added that there was still room for improvement.

Restaurant and Bistro Owners Association vice-president Jeremy Lim said turnout was generally higher than expected, with overall good SOP compliance.

"I think it (the crowd turnout) was a little higher than expected, but I believe everyone managed the situation well.

"The industry is still in engagement with policy makers to refine the entry process due to long queues, but it is still early days and I am sure we will be able to make it a smoother experience for everyone,” he added.

Lim reminded the public to be vigilant and to plan their visits to avoid waiting in long queues as employees will need to check the MySejahtera status and MySJTrace, and also provide on-site testing.

Party-goers left glowing reviews over their nights out and are eagerly waiting for the next round.

A bank analyst said he felt a sense of normalcy and looked forward to his next night out despite the long queue.

"I do feel that there's some return to normalcy, and with mamak restaurants opening 24 hours, you still see cars on the road and so on after you leave the club.

"Most clubs now have a capacity limit, so if you're late, you'll definitely have to queue for a long time for crowd control,” he added.

A customer who wanted to be known only as Myrra said it is harder to park and get tables at certain venues since the crowd is growing.

"It was quite easy to get a table before the easing of the SOP, but now it’s quite hard, so you have to book a table first before you go.

"I feel that things are definitely back to normal but some venues are still hesitant to play loud music for fear of breaching any SOP,” she said.

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