Wet markets reopen after closure notices end

The market in Jalan Kelang Lama is still quiet after reopening. Some of the stalls were empty while a few traders were spotted cleaning and preparing their areas to resume business. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

A POPULAR morning market in Jalan Radin Bagus in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, has finally reopened for business after it was shut down for two weeks when over 50 traders tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

Sri Petaling Morning Market Association adviser Banie Chin said when four helpers working at the market fell sick with mild fever and sore throat, the association decided to send them for a swab test.

“Three of them tested positive.

“We decided that we were not going to take any chances and instructed everyone and their helpers to get tested immediately,” he said, disclosing that 100 people working at the market were also tested.

“We had the whole place scrubbed clean and disinfected while waiting for the test results,” he added.

Out of the 100 who underwent the swab test, just over 50 traders tested positive for the coronavirus.

One fishmonger died four days ago from Covid-19 infection.

Chin said the traders had been careful from the beginning, even before cases began to increase.

“Everyone has been following the standard operating procedure of wearing mask, sanitising their hands frequently, practising physical distancing and whatever it takes to be safe.”

Sri Petaling market being sanitised after it was closed on July 19.Sri Petaling market being sanitised after it was closed on July 19.

He said it came as a shock when so many at the market tested positive for the virus.

Chin said an announcement was made via the market’s social media page to urge those who had visited the place, to get tested if they had flu-like symptoms.

“We made the decision to close down the market on July 19 as soon as the test results came back.

“We also sought advice from Health Ministry which agreed with our move to temporarily close the market,” he said.

Since then, the market had been disinfected four times in the past two weeks, he added.

“We are grateful to be open for business again and we wish to thank the Health Ministry doctors for their help and guidance as well as Sri Petaling Fire and Rescue Services Department for helping with the sanitisation exercise,” said Chin.

When StarMetro visited the market yesterday morning, it was quiet with only 10 stalls open.

Most traders had not returned and wanted more time to rest before going back to work.

Also reopening for business is the market at Pasar Batu 4 1/2 in Jalan Kelang Lama.

The market was ordered to close because of its close proximity to Taman Hock Ann, which had been placed under the enhanced movement control order until Aug 7.

The market is only 500m from Taman Hock Ann, off Jalan Kelang Lama.

It was reported that a few Covid-19 cases were detected at the market.

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