Night market in red zones on mainland not allowed

Shoppers scanning the QR code before entering the Lengkok Mahsuri Bayan Baru night market. — Filepic

ALL night markets in Covid-19 red zones on mainland Penang are not allowed to operate, said Datuk Rozali Mohamud.

The Seberang Prai City Council mayor said the decision was made on the advice of the Health Ministry to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infections.

“All night markets in red zones cannot open until further notice.

“All traders are advised to obey the instructions.

“If the traders and public have any problems or need further information, they can call the Licensing Department help desk (04-549 7685), ” he said in a statement.

A belacan chicken seller wearing a face shield at the Macallum Street Ghaut night market. — FilepicA belacan chicken seller wearing a face shield at the Macallum Street Ghaut night market. — Filepic

On the island, a Penang Island City Council spokesman said night markets there would operate as permitted and based on the decisions made by National Security Council.

“However, traders need to adhere to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“If an enhanced movement control order is implemented in any area, then night markets there will be closed.

“Any night market, regardless of its zone, that does not comply with the SOPs will be ordered to close, ” he said.

There are 42 night markets on Penang island.

Currently, only eight night markets will operate as usual while the rest have voluntarily closed for the time being.

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