MIRI: Children are prohibited from entering wet markets and native "tamus" in the district.
The Miri City Council made the decision during a full council meeting to tighten measures to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.
Mayor Adam Yii on Monday (June 15) said facemask use was mandatory in the markets for all customers and traders.
"The public and traders must adhere to these new norms at all markets and native tamus under the jurisdiction of the city council.
"They must wear face masks and they are prohibited from bringing children under 12 years old into these markets," he told the press after the full council meeting held via video conferencing.
Yii said this was the first full council meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early March. There have been two deaths and two dozen positive infections in Miri so far.
The city council had also roped in Miri businesses to carry out another Covid-19 publicity awareness blitz.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sarawak Bumiputra Entreprenuers Council are involved.
Yii said there is a need to create more public awareness to prevent complacency among the general population.
The Covid-19 threat is still here in Miri and the danger of a second wave is very real.
We in the council do not want complacency to creep in among the public. We need to tell the people they cannot let their guard down.
"They must be cautioned that social distancing is still a must, washing and sanitising of hands is needed all the time and they must adhere to strict hygiene standards," he said.
Yii said Miri and Sarawak businesses and industries had suffered badly due to the Covid-19 pandemic over the past three months and a second wave of infections would be devastating.