SIBU: The Sibu Municipal Council will close the Central Market for another eight days from Feb 20 to 28.
This is the second extension for the closure of the market. It was first closed from Feb 8 to 14 and later from Feb 14 to 19.
Council chairman Clarence Ting said the decision was made following a directive from the Sibu divisional health officer under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Ting called for the understanding and cooperation of all the operators at the Central Market to strictly abide by the temporary closure to keep everyone safe.
"Let us play our role in flattening the curve of the pandemic during this difficult and challenging time.
“Please practise high discipline and comply strictly with all the Health Department and SDMC (state disaster management committee) instructions," he said in a statement Thursday (Feb 18).
He also called on hawkers, stall operators, and the general public who have developed any Covid-l9 related symptoms or have had close contact with patients to undergo PCR swab tests at the nearest government clinic or at the drive-through swab test facility provided by the Health Ministry at the Sibu Library.
Residents, he said, must continue to be vigilant and always follow the standard operating procedure (SOP).
"Please minimise unnecessary movement, avoid overcrowded places, and be well-prepared always against Covid-19.
“Together, we can assist to break and stop the chain of infection and overcome this challenging situation in Sibu," he said.