Wednesday, May 18, 2022

KL creeps back to life

As SOPs are gradually lifted for the fully vaccinated, businesses which had remained closed for many months dust off their shelves and prepare to welcome customers once again.

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With the gradual easing of movement restrictions, traffic in some areas of Kuala Lumpur has been on the rise as more people venture out.

After a three-month hiatus during the lockdown period, a worker soaps down a car at a car wash centre in Kampung Baru.

In the alleys and side roads of the capital city, meanwhile, clothing shops begin stocking up again in anticipation of reopening to customers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Workers stand outside a shop in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, taking stock of current supplies. The shop itself cannot reopen yet as not all of the workers have completed both doses of vaccine.

A notice telling customers to present their digital vaccination certificates before entering the premises posted near the entrance of a shop.

A customer holds up his vaccination certificate at a sports equipment shop in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Customers browse through the shop which has just reopened under the relaxed SOPs for those who have been fully vaccinated.

A woman measures a shirt against her husband to gauge its fit, as dressing rooms remain closed for public health purposes.

A family walks past a clothing store at a mall in Cheras which remains largely empty even though it is the weekend.

Food outlets begin to welcome back dine-in customers under the relaxed SOPs for fully vaccinated people.

After a month of only takeaway or delivery services, these customers are enjoying a long-awaited meal out.

Others enjoy a drink as they sit on a bench outside a row of shops that have yet to reopen.

A handful of shoppers stroll through the otherwise deserted mall. Some shops have reopened while others are waiting a little longer.

A man walks past a clothing shop where empty shelves bear witness to the long months of lockdown.

Goldsmiths and jewellers such as this outlet in Bukit Bintang have also begun to see a slow trickle of customers.

For barbers, business is brisk as customers flock in, eager to shed some of the mop accumulated during the lockdown period.

A sign informing customers that children are not allowed on the premises is seen near the entrance of an electronics store in Pandan Jaya.

A customer shows a worker his vaccination cert before entering the store.

Outside, meanwhile, a couple refresh their details in the MySejahtera app before entering the store.

Workers at a car sales centre in Jalan Pandan Prima wipe down a row of vehicles in anticipation of customers.

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