CHAI Leng Park Market in Prai, Penang, was ordered to close indefinitely after 11 Covid-19 cases were detected among the people working there.
Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the 11 individuals included five traders, five workers and a market usher.
The market will be closed until June 29 or until another date to allow checks by the district health office.
“Those who were in close contact with the positive cases will soon be contacted by the district health officers to undergo swab tests.
“We urge traders and visitors at the market to adhere to the lockdown rules and not to visit or trade elsewhere,” he said when contacted yesterday.
MBSP councillor P. David Marshel said the market closure would affect 260 traders.
The traders were given until 3pm yesterday to clear their food stalls and close up.
“They were told to undergo Covid-19 tests and customers were also urged to go for tests immediately if they have symptoms like fever, sore throat and breathing difficulties.
“We will monitor the situation here and try to break the chain of infection,” Marshel said, adding that until now, the market had been free of Covid-19 cases.
“Unfortunately, it will be closed but we will tighten safety rules and ensure the virus does not spread.
“For now, residents in Prai can get their essentials at Taman Inderawasih Market and Seberang Jaya Market,” he added.