TWO public markets – Cecil Street and Chowrasta – have been ordered closed after their traders and stall assistants tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) said both markets had been closed effective yesterday until further notice to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ten traders tested positive at the Chowrasta Market which is one of the oldest markets in Malaysia with its history dating back to the 1890s.
Four other Covid-19 cases were also discovered among the traders and stall assistants at the Chowrasta market food complex and temporary hawker sites.
Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said a total of 275 stalls would be affected by the closure.
“I advise those who have been in close contact with those tested positive at the market to adhere to the rules as outlined by the health authorities,” he said.
Over at the Cecil Street Market, eight traders from its static trading site (TPS) were found positive with the virus.
The closure would affect 182 stall operators in total.
The MBPP statement also said that a disinfection and sanitisation work would be conducted at the affected locations.
The MBPP advised the public to adhere to the SOP at all time, adding that members of market associations and food court should ensure crowd control and safety all the time.
“Further enforcement action including closure of premises will be taken against operators found breaching the SOP,” the statement said.
The Batu Lanchang Market on the island and the Bukit Mertajam Market on the mainland were closed twice since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since March last year, several public markets including those at Taman Free School, Batu Maung, Perak Road, Batu Lanchang, Padang Tembak, Bayan Baru, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam and Jelutong on the island were temporarily closed for disinfection following the detection of Covid-19 cases.
On the mainland, the markets in Penaga, Bagan Ajam, Chai Leng Park, Taman Sri Rambai, Kampung Baru, Permatang Tinggi, Taman Bagan, Seberang Jaya, Kepala Batas, Machang Bubok and Bukit Mertajam were also closed after Covid-19 cases were found there.