BUTTERWORTH: The Bukit Mertajam market has been ordered to close for the second time in three months after five Covid-19 cases were detected among its traders and workers.
The Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) ordered the market to close for seven days from Aug 5 to 11, pending their Covid-19 screening.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said two traders and three workers tested positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday (Aug 3).
"The market will be fully sanitised while all traders and workers in the market must undergo the RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test kit) or the RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test which will begin on Tuesday (Aug 3)," he said in a statement.
Rozali said MBSP had given these traders the concession to reopen for business on Aug 6 if their swab tests came back negative.
“Only traders and workers who show proof of their negative results will be allowed to reopen for business,” he stressed.
He said this was an early preventive measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 among traders, workers and visitors.
"Checks conducted by MBSP found a number of traders and visitors have failed to scan the MySejahtera code.
“We want to remind all traders, workers and visitors that it is compulsory for them to scan their MySejahtera app before entering the Bukit Mertajam market.
"Stern action will be taken against those who fail to do so,” he said.
He also urged traders and the public who visited any market to always adhere to the standard operating procedure to prevent the spread of the virus.
The wet market complex in Bukit Mertajam, located between Jalan Pasar and Jalan Bunga Raya, had recently been ordered to close on May 31 for 10 days after Covid-19 cases were detected.
All traders in close contact were ordered to undergo screening and 31 were found to be positive out of 253 traders screened in May.