Even if you’ve been living under a rock, chances are, you may have heard about the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, lockdowns in all forms and names were imposed by governments all over the world. Be it MCO (Movement Control Order) in Malaysia, Circuit Breaker (CB) in our neighbour Singapore, or simply “Lockdown” in many other countries, they share similarities ranging from border shutdowns to closing of economic sectors deemed non-essential.

Fast forward 2 months, as most economic sectors are beginning to reopen in thie CMCO(Conditional Movement Control Order) period, team Belalang too refused to remain idle. Upon obtaining the letter of approval (conditional) from Ministry of International Trade and Industries (MITI) in early May, we have resumed the maintenance of green roof and walls with a few many new precautions and measures in place to adapt to the New Normal. Among these precautions are:

  1. COVID-19 Screening
Belalang worker getting screened by health workers

As required by the authorities, all construction-related non-Malaysian workers are required to undergo testing.

  1. Restriction of movements
    As practiced during the MCO, workers are only allowed to exit their accommodation for essential travel (grocery shopping, medical emergencies and to travel to work). No visitors from other dormitories/accommodations are allowed.
  1. Sanitizer and Mask
    Sanitizers and masks are provided by us to all our staff and workers to protect them as well as our clients.
  1. Briefings and Reminders
    Workers are reminded via weekly briefings and constant reminders to wash their hands frequently, maintain physical distancing when out, and report to us if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  1. Provide Transportation
    Instead of asking workers to rely on public transportation or carpool with others, we have ensured that our workers are provided their own transport to and back from job sites.

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Although team Belalang has started operations, we do not take the risks of infection lightly. We’ll strive to keep your green roof and green walls in tip-top shape while taking the necessary steps to keep everyone involved safe.

Here’s a belated Selamat Hari Raya, Selamat Menyambut Pesta Kaamatan and Happy Gawai to our friends and partners. Stay safe and healthy all!

GaiaMat Green Roof bloom in PJ, taken during maintenance in May 2020.

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