Theme parks, zoos and family entertainment centers continue to be closed and are not allowed to operate in states under phase two of the National Recovery Plan (PNR).
Other similar public attractions such as aquariums, farms, edutainment centers, extreme and adventure parks, as well as karaoke centers, are also not allowed to open.
Under National Security Council (NSC) guidelines, public attractions in the tourism category cannot operate under PNR Phases 1 and 2.
However, they can reopen as part of phases three and four, subject to restrictions such as capping visitors to 50% of the premises space.
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya have moved to phase two of the PNR from September 10.
A random check at Zoo Negara, Sunway Lagoon and Aquaria KLCC revealed that these places remain temporarily closed.
“It is time for such places of family recreation to reopen.
“My kids have been stuck at home for at least three months and they need to be exposed to the outdoors,” said Jaclyn Tan, mother of two school children and one preschooler.
“Once the public attractions reopen, it’s up to us parents to decide if we want to bring our children to such places.
“Working parents could take a day off and take a family outing on a weekday, when these places are less crowded than on weekends,” she said.
Tan, 35, personally prefers to take his kids to outdoor-oriented attractions such as Zoo Negara or KL Bird Park, where there is better ventilation and more space to walk.
“Since the recreation parks reopened, I have taken my kids to some of the larger public parks.
“But my husband and I take them out at off-peak hours, like 7am or 3pm,” she added.
“They are delighted to be outside and I am getting them used to wearing face masks again.”
As a mother who works in the retail industry, Tan believes that public and tourist attractions should be reopened for the survival of these businesses.
Mother-of-three Azza Azrin Juri believes zoos and outdoor public attractions should be allowed to reopen as they are located outdoors and have more space for physical distancing.
“Theme parks and indoor attractions will be more difficult.
“Maybe they could open next year, when more children are vaccinated,” she said.
Her three children are between one and seven years old.
“The government could allow outdoor public attractions to reopen, but with limits on the number of visitors allowed and adherence to SOPs at all times.
“Maybe a time limit could be imposed on visitors so that they don’t linger too long,” she added.
Azza, 29, doesn’t hesitate to bring her children to public attractions as long as there is proper crowd control and SOPs are followed.
“Since the restrictions were relaxed in the Klang Valley, I have taken my children mainly to public parks in Shah Alam and once to a shopping mall,” the housewife said.
“My husband and I are assessing the situation in advance.
“It’s for their mental well-being, after being stuck at home for so long.”
The SOP for public attractions is different from those designated for sports and recreational facilities.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced that from September 17, sports and recreational activities involving physical contact were allowed in indoor and outdoor facilities in phase two and three states.
“This is only open to fully vaccinated people, but subject to reservations, disinfection and close monitoring of these facilities.
“Team sports and recreational activities involving physical contact such as soccer, volleyball and takraw are permitted and are permitted for those who have been fully immunized.
“Group physical activities such as aerobics and zumba at one location can be performed at 50% capacity or no more than 50 fully immunized participants (whichever is lower),” he said. declared.