There will be extra measures taken to ensure hygiene and cleanliness at this year’s Chingay Festival.
They will place hand sanitiser dispensers in the area for the public to use and give them free face masks.
Some 10,000 bottles of sanitiser will be placed at three locations close to the festival grounds, like at the main stage area near Jalan Wong Ah Fook, the Chinese Heritage Museum on Jalan Ibrahim and Xing Gong Temple in Jalan Ulu Ayer Molek.
Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association president Ho Sow Tong said this during a press conference at Wisma Tiong Hua.
“The hand sanitiser was donated by NGOs and well-wishers.
“I hope the public will utilise them properly,” he said, adding that those unable to attend due to health concerns could watch the festival live on the association’s online portal.
“If unwell, stay at home and rest,” he said.
Ho said they, however, expecting a large crowd at the event.
“The floats and decorations are ready for the festival,” he said.
Ho said NGOs and groups from China will not be attending the festival this year.
He urged the public not to fly drones during the festival, as the police had only allowed the association to apply for licences for 250 drones to be flown in the area.
The Chingay Festival will be held from Feb 11 to Feb 15, and will see the closure of several main roads in the city area such as Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Yahya Awal.
The festival has been held in the state annually since 1870.
It is one of the main tourism programmes in Johor where thousands of local and foreign tourists from various countries would attend.
The event takes place mainly on Jalan Wong Ah Fook in the city centre here.
During the festival, deities worshipped by the five main Johor clans – Teochew, Hokkien, Hakka, Cantonese and Hainan – would be taken on a 7.8km-long tour on foot to bless the city and its people.
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