IT is all clear for the public to do their marketing at the Perak Road Market from today after all the traders completed their Covid-19 tests and the place was completely sanitised.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said during the one-week closure, all the traders took Covid-19 tests and those tested positive have remained quarantined.
“A total of 69 screenings had been done for traders registered with the Penang Island City Council and their employees.
“Out of that, only 11 positive cases were detected as of June 17, ” he said during a press conference at the market yesterday.
Jagdeep said the closure of public premises after positive cases was in line with the state government’s efforts to prioritise public health and security during the pandemic.“After being advised by the Health Ministry, both city councils in Penang will help close down premises if positive cases were detected.
“We have to be quick when there is a positive case. Those involved have to do their screenings and get the results, so that we can make a decision if the premises should be closed, or opened after consulting the Health Ministry.
“We will also close premises when we find people do not adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP).
“In fact, we have closed a few markets since the first movement control order.
“It is not an easy decision to make but we have to do it. The health of the public is of utmost importance, ” he said.
Since March last year, several public markets including at Taman Free School, Batu Maung and Jelutong on the island and in Penaga, Bagan Ajam and Bukit Mertajam on the Penang mainland had been closed temporarily after Covid-19 cases were detected.
Meanwhile, MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the MBPP pig slaughterhouse in Jalan Sungai was allowed to reopen yesterday..
Also present were Jelutong MP RSN Rayer and Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong.