ALL open-air markets in Selangor must be closed until March 31 following a directive from the state government in a bid to help contain the spread of Covid-19.
These are farmers market, night markets and the morning markets that are set up on the roads in commercial areas of housing estates.
This move came about after the Federal Government’s decision to implement the movement control order nationwide until March 31 in an effort to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
In a circular issued to all local councils and various government departments by the state secretariat, only pasar awam, supermarkets, grocery stores and other shops selling daily necessities are allowed to operate as usual. Pasar awam is described as wet markets housed in a building.
Apart from open-air markets, the circular also stated that street stalls were also not allowed to operate.
Only eateries that offered delivery or takeaway services were allowed to continue business during this period of restriction, it added.
A check with numerous local councils show that most had also moved to close council-owned food courts just as an extra precaution, besides tightening the rules with additional conditions.
In Petaling Jaya, the city council (MBPJ) has ordered roadside hawkers, street market traders and stall owners at council-run food court to cease operations temporarily.
“The brick-and-mortar type of markets are allowed to operate.
“Markets that operate on the street must stop operations until March 31 in accordance with the directive from the state government, ” said MBPJ Corporate Communications assistant director Ahmad Iskandar Mohamed Mukhtar.
He cited the Petaling Jaya Old Town market in Jalan Othman as an example of a pasar malam because it is housed in a building.
He also reminded eateries that were allowed to open, to only offer takeaway and delivery services.
“If they are open, it has to only be catering for takeaway, so it should be prepacked food or food that can be picked up immediately after an order is placed, ” he said, adding that they were not allowed to even display food items in their respective premises.
Over in Shah Alam, its city council (MBSA) has also directed all food operators including food trucks, food kiosks and at markets to close.
The council only exempted eateries that catered to food delivery services or sold prepacked food at their premises for takeaway.
“We have already issued notices to all the affected operators to shut for these two weeks and we hope that all will adhere to the rules set.
“All this is done under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and action can also be taken under that Act, ” said MBSA Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad.
In a statement issued by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), its president Noraini Roslan said food courts would be closed during this period under the movement control order.
“We have disseminated instructions to the respective premises to stop operations and this includes morning and night markets, pasar karat and car boot sales, ” she said.
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