Restriction of Movement: Places For Senior Citizens and OKU to Safely Buy Groceries
After the announcement by the Malaysian government at 10 pm, 16 March 2020, of the Restriction of Movement in light of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, all non-essential travelling has been disallowed, and eateries are not allowed to serve dine-in customers. Citizens are encouraged to stay home until 31 March to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Prior to that, rumours of a nationwide lockdown have already sent people panic-buying and hoarding foodstuffs and even toilet paper. This especially affects the elderly and the disabled (Orang Kurang Upaya; OKU) as they are less able to handle crowded situations, besides the fact that COVID-19 affects the elderly more fatally.
With that in mind, both Jaya Grocer and Mydin have announced that they are opening half an hour earlier to cater specifically to the elderly and vulnerable so that they can purchase goods without having to tussle with the crowds.
Jaya Grocer will be opening from 9:30 am onwards for senior citizens and their caretakers instead of the usual 10 am.
Mydin has different opening times depending on location. They have posted their new opening times on their Facebook page here:
Meanwhile, Ben’s Independent Grocer is reminding all their customers to make way for the elderly and young children while they shop.
AEON is cancelling their planned All Nite Sale which was to take place on 20 March 2020.
We would like to encourage all business owners to take the above as examples and be mindful of those in need, especially the most vulnerable members of our society during the Restriction of Movement.
Take all the necessary precautions as outlined in this article we published previously. May all of you stay safe.
Information is correct as of time of publication.
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