Covid-19: Apollo Market in Penang ordered to close from Monday (Jan 18)

BUTTERWORTH (Bernama): The Apollo Market here has been ordered to close for seven days starting Monday (Jan 18) due to non-compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the movement control order.

Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said an integrated operation with the Health Ministry and Seberang Perai City Council to monitor the SOP compliance found the market was too crowded, making it difficult to practice physical distancing.

"The organisers also failed to control the exit and entry limits of customers. The entrance to the market was not properly marked for physical distancing and the public was seen queuing up to the road shoulder," said ACP Noorzainy.

He added when contacted on Sunday (Jan 17) that the Ministry has issued a temporary closure notice to the Apollo Market for seven days to rearrange its system to comply with the SOPs set

Meanwhile, Timur Laut district police chief ACP Soffian Santong said that the police conducted regular inspections at three markets that were the focus of the public, namely the Air Itam Market, Jalan Perak Market and Jelutong Market.

"After making some adjustments with the Penang City Council, including closing some roads in the market area and rearranging hawkers outside the market, this has helped reduce congestion," he said.

"During checks yesterday and today found that visitors were complying with the SOPs. I hope the public will continue to comply with the MCO SOPs in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic, ” added ACP Soffian - Bernama

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