SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has reimplemented tighter standard operating procedures (SOP) at the Central Market due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.
SMC chairman Clarence Ting said the move was necessary because it wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sentosa and Satok market incidents in Kuching, where both are new clusters for Covid-19.
“We do not want what has happened in Kuching to happen here. That is why we are implementing the tighter SOP at Central Market and other markers in our jurisdiction, ” he said.
Market and Petty Traders Committee chairman Albert Tiang said the SOP required all market visitors to register their particulars during the first two weeks of the conditional movement control order (MCO) but had stopped it due to the long queue of people.
Only temperature scanning was done on visitors then.
Tiang said the council had decided to re-enforce both manual and QR registration at five entry points at Central Market.
He said the stricter SOP was to ensure that all its markets were safe for visitors.
“Should there be any cases, we will be able to trace the visitors.
“Also when there are cases, we will immediately close the market, ” he said.
Visitors to Central Market will now have to use either QR code registration (MySejahtera) or have their particulars such as name, contact number and body temperature recorded manually.
All visitors must wear face masks and children below the age of 13 are strictly prohibited from the market.
“Senior citizens are allowed provided that they follow the SOP, ” Tiang said.
At Taman Muhibbah and Taman Harmoni food courts, he said the individual stalls would conduct temperature checking and registration of customers instead of having one central registration point.
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