Senior minister: KL pasar malam, open markets and bazaars allowed to reopen on June 15

R. Loheswar
Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says all night and morning markets, as well as bazaars in Federal Territories will be allowed to reopen from June 15. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — All night and morning markets, as well as bazaars in Federal Territories will be allowed to reopen from June 15, senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

However, it will have to be operated under strict standard operating procedures (SOP) and will be under supervision of the authorities.

“The markets can reopen on the 15th provided they adhere to the strict SOPs from the Ministry of Health.

“We are also only allowing take-away options and the customers must enter one way and exit another. No going around in circles,” said Ismail during his daily media briefing today.

He said among the SOPs that has been decided is that morning markets can only operate from 6am to 11am, night markets from 4pm to 10pm and bazaars from 5pm to 11pm.

Distance between stalls must be between 1.5 to two metres and the location of the stalls must be located in the open air and gated area to control the flow of traffic.

Apart from that, all vendors must wear personal protection equipment (PPE), gloves and a face mask.

“Visitors temperature checks will be taken at the entrance, hand sanitisers will be available and we encourage people to wear face masks and the vendors cannot provide tables and places to sit and eat.

“There will be further SOPs from DBKL regarding the width of the tables and guidelines for the vendors and so on. So all vendors who are planning to restart their business can look at these guidelines at DBKL's website.

“For those who do not adhere to the rules, we have given DBKL permission to shut down their business. In essence, we are taking a serious and strict approach to this matter,” Ismail added.

Ismail also said it is compulsory for vendors and customers to use the MySejahtera app.

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