ABOUT 30% of open-air morning and night markets in Selangor have reopened following the implementation of the recovery movement control order (MCO).
These markets, which have been shut since March 18, were allowed to operate from June 15 after ensuring the standard operating procedure (SOP) was in place.
Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said more morning and night markets were scheduled to start operations next week.
“The markets are being reopened in phases once they can ensure full compliance with the SOP.“The local authorities are in discussion with market traders associations to ensure they are aware of and follow the new requirements,” he said during a visit to Pasar Taman Muda in Ampang yesterday.
The SOP includes no foreign workers and limiting the total number of workers per stall to three.
As for visitors, only two members of a family will be allowed to enter the market area and children must be aged 13 and above.
Ng said during the first week, there had been some complaints over the SOP, mainly over the limited number of stalls allowed and their size.
“But we have to stick to these guidelines as safety is our priority.”
He highlighted the orderly
situation at the Taman Muda market, saying it should be emulated by others.
“They have not only reopened successfully and followed the SOP but also managed to attract a steady flow of customers.
“This is the new normal that we hope to see at all morning and night markets.”
Ng said this could only be achieved if there was cooperation between traders, local authorities and the public.
To this end, the state has launched the “Beli” initiative to remind visitors of the new guidelines.
The initiative is aimed at encouraging people to line up and practise social distancing, opt for e-wallets as a mode of payment, speed up the shopping process as well as use the Selangkah system.
Meanwhile, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) deputy president Hasrolnizam Shaari said so far only three open-air morning markets and one night market had resumed business.
“In total, 10 morning markets and 26 night markets in Ampang will eventually reopen,” he said.
Taman Muda Selangor Hawkers and Traders Association chairman Chow Chee Keen said over 300 traders were operating in batches and on alternate days.
“For now we are giving priority to those selling food and fresh produce as those are in high demand,” he said.
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