GEORGE TOWN: The Ramadan bazaars in Penang ordered to close to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission will do so on Sunday (May 2) as instructed by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
"Ramadan bazaars in Takwa Taman Bertam indah and MPKK Jalan Tenggiri will close for three days from May 2 to May 4, ” said Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud.
He said after a meeting by 24 members of a crisis management taskforce that these bazaars will close a day later than as instructed by the Ministry in a memo.
"Traders involved have proposed to trade elsewhere and MBSP and bazaar organisers have agreed; they will only allow one family member to operate and organisers must engage additional personnel to ensure people do not crowd at counters, ” said Rozali.
He added that the disinfection of all affected areas will begin on Sunday.
"Other existing standard operating procedure (SOP) must also be followed at all times," he said.
A check with Penang Island City Council (MBPP) found that the five Ramadan bazaars ordered to close will also close on May 2.
Yesterday, a total of 22 Ramadan bazaars were ordered to close by the Housing and Local Government Ministry following the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Zainal Abidin Abu Hassan said the decision was made during the National Security Council special meeting on April 28.
He said those Ramadan bazaars under the supervision of local authorities are instructed to close beginning Saturday (May 1).
“The ministry has received a report from Hotspot Identification by Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) which has identified several bazaars that have posed a threat in the spread of Covid-19 infection
“This threat is identified through contact tracing analysis performed by the Health Ministry through the MySejahtera application.
“These bazaars have to cease operations to curb and control the infection as well as the increase in positive Covid-19 cases, ” he said in a statement on Friday (April 30).The bazaars identified as high-risk spots include: Belatuk Taman Scientex, Kg Pasir in Jalan Mata Kuching, Mart Kempas and Lok Heng in Johor; Taman Selasih, Baling 2021 and Kupang 2021 in Kedah; Lurah Semantan and Temerloh Jaya in Pahang; Bazar Nenas Kg Selabak in Perak; MPKK Jalan Tenggiri, Attakwa Taman Bertam Indah, Kampung Melayu, Masjid Daerah Barat Daya, Iftar Ramadan Jalan Berangan, Bukit Gedung and Taman Tun Sardon in Penang; Puncak Jalil and Stesen LRT Cempaka in Selangor; and Taman Setiawangsa and Jalan Raja Alang in Kuala Lumpur.