CUSTOMERS will be prohibited from dining-in at temporary roadside stalls in Penang during the Kew Ong Yeah (Nine Emperor Gods) Festival.
Penang Island City Council (MBPP) public health and licensing committee alternate chairman Nicholas Theng said due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are several new guidelines that the hawkers have to adhere to.
“Only take-away is allowed. Customers are not allowed to dine in.
“The distance between the stalls must be at least two metres apart. Customers will have to register themselves through the MySejahtera app and have their temperature taken.
“The traders, too, have to practise crowd control, or hire People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel, or other agencies to do it, ” he said.
Theng said foreign workers were not allowed to work at the stalls.
“The traders are also encouraged to not provide plastic straws and to reduce the usage of plastic containers, ” he said during a press conference at the City Hall yesterday.
Theng added that application forms would be made available at the Licensing Department counter in Esplanade from Sept 21.
“The application process and stall charges are the same as the previous year.
“The licence fee is RM1 for every 40 sq ft times the number of days.
“Each stall will have to pay RM6 for the rubbish fee.
“Stalls are not allowed to be set up at parking lots, ” he said, adding that 96 stalls were approved last year.
The Nine Emperor Gods festival will begin on Oct 17 and end on Oct 25 this year.
The festival is held on the first day of the ninth lunar month, and observed with much reverence by the Taoist community in the country. Devotees will practise a strict vegetarian diet during the nine-day celebration.
The festival pays homage to the Goddess of the North Star, believed to control the Books of Life and Death.
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