Wednesday, May 12

Ismail Sabri: Putrajaya relaxes SOP for body temperature screening at shopping malls, hotels and restaurants


A security guard performs body temperature screening at the entrance of Everrise Green Heights Mall. – File photo

KUCHING: The federal government has decided to relax the standard operating procedures (SOP) for body temperature screening at shopping malls, hotels and restaurants, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister (Security Cluster) said a special Cabinet meeting this morning had decided that individuals who entered the mentioned public places were only required to have their body temperature screened once only at the main entrance.

“Prior to the decision, body temperature screening is done many times, at every premises in the shopping mall. The meeting today agreed that body temperature screening is necessary only at the main entrance.

“There is no need for every premises to conduct the body temperature screening. For example, before the decision, if you enter 10 premises, then 10 times of body temperature screening are done,” he said during the daily update press conference in Putrajaya today.

Ismail Sabri said despite such relaxation, individuals who patronise the mentioned public places must provide details such as name and contact number to facilitate contact tracing in the event of any Covid-19 positive case detected.

He said they could either provide their details manually or scan the QR code using the MySejahtera application.

“This is to enable us to do contact tracing because we don’t know where the individual will be heading to after they enter the shopping mall.

“They may go to 10 premises and all these 10 premises must have their records of entries. Body temperature screening is done once but name and contact must be provided manually or through MySejahtera upon entry of every premises,” he added.