KETEREH (Bernama): The Federal Territories Ministry will shut down Ramadan bazaars under its supervision if they are hit with Covid-19 infections, says its Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
As such, he reminded all parties especially Ramadan bazaar organisers in the Federal Territories to improve on the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOP) to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is mandatory to comply with the SOP imposed especially in terms of the number of visitors, but apparently, it was not complied, to the point that the physical distancing exercise was not keeping with what we want.
“I wish to remind all the organisers of the 66 Ramadan bazaars in the Federal Territories to be responsible so that the Ramadan bazaars in their areas fully comply with the SOP."
He said this to reporters after handing over food baskets in conjunction with Ramadan at the Ketereh parliament constituency here on Thursday (April 15).
He added among the SOP, which must be improved on and complied with, was that the organisers could only have a single entry and a single exit at a Ramadan bazaar.
“We want to allow the bazaars to open until the end of Ramadan but bazaars will be shut down if a Covid-19 outbreak takes place due to SOP not being complied with,’’ he said.
He said this applies to the Aidilfitri bazaars around Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) in Kuala Lumpur, which will reopen on April 17.
On the hike in Covid-19 cases, Annuar urged all community heads in housing areas to remind the people to comply with the SOP including reducing activities outside the house if there was no pressing need.
“In addition, all parties must play their role to curb the spread of the pandemic,” he added. - Bernama