FIVE daily morning markets and 32 night markets in Klang have been allowed to operate under the conditional movement control order (MCO) but will have to follow strict standard operating procedures (SOP).
Four morning markets that operate once a week have also been allowed to open.
There are a total of 58 night markets and 14 morning markets in the Klang district, which operate on different days of the week.
MPK Wet Market and Hawkers Department director Azhar Samsudin said the markets were being opened in stages based on feedback from District Health Department and the council’s assessment.
“Our aim is to have all the markets reopened, but it has to be done in stages after taking feedback into consideration as well as council enforcement manpower constraints, ” he added.
“Now, with a total of 41 markets operating, it has stretched our manpower as measures include separate entrances and exits, a guided walk path, controlled number of people at any given time and enforcement officers stationed at each site.
“Our current approach will see 32 night markets and five morning markets operate under strict SOP as our aim is to keep traders and customers safe.”
Azhar added that the trading areas allowed to reopen were part of efforts to get the local economic engine moving and Klang District Health Office would conduct spot checks to gauge if traders and customers abided by the SOP.
“Stalls within market areas that fail to follow the SOP can be shut down while customers who fail to wear a mask risk being issued fines.
“Simple SOP, based on how traders and customers conduct themselves, will be taken into account before a decision is made to reopen other trading areas, ” he said.
The Klang district has the most night and morning market trading lots in Selangor.
“On a given night, we have at least 10 night markets in different locations and we need enforcement, licensing and health personnel there.
“MPK will iron out the arrangements for smoother operations, ” he added.
Azhar advised all visitors to these markets to wear face masks, practise social distancing and wash their hands frequently.
“Night and morning market traders are also not allowed to employ foreigners, ” he said.
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