SOP needed before outdoor markets reopen


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 11 Jun 2020

MORNING and night markets in Selangor are not allowed to operate yet before standard operating procedures (SOP) are drawn up by the state government and local councils.

Traders at morning and night markets were allowed to operate nationwide when the recovery movement control order (MCO) came into force yesterday.

However, checks with a few local councils in Selangor showed that extra precautions were needed before the traders were allowed to open for business.

Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) Licensing Department is coming up with the SOP for traders in its jurisdiction.

“We have to fine-tune the SOP before allowing the markets to open,” said MBSA Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad.

He said the SOP included having only one way in and out of the market while stalls must not be located too close to each other.

“Social distancing must also be adhered to by the traders and visitors.

“Traders will be required to wear a face mask and use hand sanitiser as well as the state government’s Selangkah system for contact tracing,” he added.

Selayang Municipal Council’s (MPS) Licensing Department will discuss the best way for morning and night markets to operate safely.

“At the moment, they are not allowed to open for business, and they need to wait for the SOP to be drawn up,” said MPS Corporate Communications Department deputy director Ahmad Fauzi Ishak.He said traders who continued to operate would be told to close down.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and Klang Municipal Council (MPK) are awaiting further instructions from the state government on how to proceed.

Bangi MCA Public Complaints Bureau head Tan Chee Teong urged Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to come up with the SOP quickly.

“They will have to consider

the number of stalls and the distance between the stalls to ensure there is proper social distancing at the market.

“They need to think about how this social distancing will affect some traders as there will not be enough space for everyone to trade in one site,” he said.

Tan also questioned if MPKj had plans to reduce the number of traders or the size of each table or stall to accommodate more traders.

“Who will bear the cost of hiring Rela personnel for crowd control at the markets?” he asked.

Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said there would be a meeting with all local councils to discuss the SOP.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will come up with guidelines for markets and decide if they can reopen after a Licensing Department committee meeting tomorrow.
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