Temperature checks now only at mall entrance, says minister

Shoppers will no longer have to have their temperatures checked at every outlet they visit.

PUTRAJAYA: Temperature checks for those visiting shopping malls and hotels will now be conducted only at the entrance, Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

However, customers will still need to record their names and phone numbers at each outlet they enter to facilitate contact tracing, either manually or through the MySejahtera app.

He said the decision was made at a special meeting earlier today.

“It was decided that they don’t have to take their body temperature before entering every shop they visit,” he said.

The same will apply for hotels, with guests required to take their temperatures only once and then record their contact details before entering a restaurant or souvenir shop.

Ismail also said theme park outlets would be allowed to open from July 1 onwards.

He said there were 54 theme parks in the country with some 10,000 workers employed.

“Operators must follow SOPs including social distancing at every level,” he said, adding that the number of passengers on a ride would depend on the size, with temperature checks conducted beforehand.

Water theme parks are also required to follow the same SOPs as swimming pools, details of which are available at the National Security Council website.

Ismail also said students returning to Malaysia would be exempted from paying for swab tests at the airport, as will disabled individuals with valid cards from the welfare department and government officers returning home for work.

Those who have paid before this can ask for reimbursement.

Ismail also warned those in Chini to follow the SOPs during the upcoming by-election, failing which he said they would be fined.

He said a task force to monitor compliance carried out thousands of checks on a daily basis, including at supermarkets and markets.

“I want to remind all those in Chini, including candidates, supporters and voters, to follow SOPs including observing social distancing,” he said.

He added that restaurants should not be crowded, and people should not shake hands.

He likewise urged Form Five and Six students attending school as well as motorcycle convoys to observe the SOPs.

From May 10 to 28, he said, 6,927 Malaysians had returned home. Of these, 36 were sent to hospital for treatment.

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