TRADERS and visitors at Ramadan bazaars in Penang are embracing new norms as business starts on a good note.
Checks by The Star on several bazaars on Penang island showed food and beverage stalls swarmed by customers.
At the Bayan Lepas Ramadan bazaar, everyone was seen adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Roti John Cowboy stall owner Adi Hilmi Shafiee, 32, said business had been excellent.
“However, I refuse to get complacent and have made sure that the SOPs are strictly followed.
“I assigned one staff member to ensure that visitors coming to our stall use the MySejahtera app, have their temperatures taken and maintain a physical distance.
“There is also constant monitoring by Penang Island City Council and Rela personnel on duty, ” he said.
Nasi Tomato Anak Muda stall operator Mohd Faris Seh, 21, is also making safety a top priority.
“I am thankful that so far, my customers have duly followed all the SOPs, ” he said.
Technician Ridzuan Harman, 22, said that the Bayan Lepas Ramadan bazaar had been his favourite spot during the holy month since his teenage years.
“I always drop by the bazaar after work or before going to work to buy food for breaking fast.
“Normally, I will buy nasi tomato or nasi kerabu along with traditional kuih that are only available at Ramadan bazaars such as tepung pelita.
“I don’t mind adhering to the SOPs as long as the bazaar can operate during the fasting month unlike last year, ” he added.
Bayan Lepas Village Community Management Council (MPKK) chairman Mohd Hafizan Abdul Wahid said that so far, the SOP compliance among visitors and traders at the bazaar had been good.
Constant reminders about the SOPs, especially the physical distancing rules, were given to visitors and traders in written and oral form.
“Banners reminding them about the SOPs have been placed at every corner of the bazaar.
“Visitors are also informed orally when they enter the site.
“We have had nine MPKK personnel on duty since the start of Ramadan.
“They are stationed here from 3pm to 7.30pm every day and this will go on until the end of the holy month, ” he said.