It wasn’t a breezy walk for 120 beachgoers at Pantai Bersih, Penang after they were fined RM1k each during a police spot check for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) on Sunday (11 October).
Police issued the fine for not wearing masks as well as failure to practise social distancing at the beach located behind the Bagan Ajam R&R area, The Star reported.
The spot check was carried out by an enforcement team that included policemen and officers from the Health Ministry and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).
According to North Seberang Prai OCPD Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor, these offences were found to be some of the major ones among others that were committed during inspection at the area from 6pm to 7:45pm.
“There was no social distancing among visitors here. We have contacted the authority of this place and ordered that all recreational and open space here be closed until standard operating procedures (SOPs) are complied,” he said.
“As the number of Covid-19 cases are still on the rise, I urge people especially the elderly and children to stop going to crowded places,” he told reporters at the scene.
The beach was sealed off with tape, while five premises operating at the rest area without valid licence were given out compounds by MBSP. However, ACP Noorzainy said the rest area was not closed to motorists.