ONLY those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are allowed to enter Sibu Central Market, Sarawak.
Security personnel have been stationed at the five entrances of the market to check visitors’ vaccination status on the MySejahtera app since Aug 1.
Alternatively, they can show their manual vaccination card.
All the four hawker associations in Sibu, namely Sibu Hawkers Welfare Association, Sibu Central Market Hawker Association, Sibu Vegetable Farmers Association and Sibu-Meradong Districts Hawkers Association, are fully supportive of Sibu Municipal Council’s decision on the matter.
Sibu Hawkers Welfare Association chairman Tan Hong Kiang said the decision was for the good of everyone.
“We cannot afford to have the market closed again for two to three months like what had happened previously due to cases reported in the market,” he said.
Tan said with the no-vaccination, no-entry rule, the public would feel safer to patronise the market.
“We have also received an authorisation letter from the council allowing us to manage and enforce the standard operating procedures at the market.
“One of them involves having five security guards at the five entrances who are employed by us,” said Tan who operates a porridge stall in the food court on the upper floor of the central market.
However, he said there was a need for the council to put up more metal barrier around the market.
“There is only one metal barrier while the others use rope,” he said.
The market’s operating hours are 5am to 10pm, in accordance with the SOP set by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee.
With dine in allowed since July 16, subject to the SOP, Tan said business had started to pick up.
The more than 1,200 hawkers in the market are still trading on alternate days, in compliance with the SOP of 50% capacity.
“I want the public to follow the SOP.
“If a table is meant for only two persons, they should ensure that only two sit there,” said Tan.