Markets, bazaars prohibited from operating in red zones

Locations of red zones in Sarawak.

KUCHING: Farmers’ markets, night markets, and late-night bazaars are prohibited to operate in Covid-19 red zones during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period from Feb 15 to March 1.

The National Security Council (MKN) recently issued an updated notice on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) which stated that business, economy, and industry sectors are allowed to operate as prescribed by the government.

“Supermarkets, shopping malls, and retail stores are allowed to operate according to the prescribed SOPs between 6am and 10pm. Similarly, petrol stations, laundromats, as well as essential businesses are allowed to operate during the designated hours.

“Restaurants, shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts or hawker centres, roadside stall kiosks, grocery stores, and convenience stores are also allowed to operate in compliance with the food sector SOPs,” it explained.

It also said that the operation of daily markets, wholesale markets, farmers’ markets, night markets and late-night bazaars must comply with the operations time according to the respective license or permit until 10pm except for red zones.

These premises must follow the SOPs under supervision of authorities along with People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members and the local authority.

Meanwhile, selected tourism and cultural activities are allowed to operate but with strict compliance to the SOPs.

“There are selected tourism activities which are allowed to operate but not exceeding 50 percent of the capacity of the premises or a maximum of 200 people and complying with the SOPs.

“Public tourist attractions such as zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, recreational parks, and others including premises of art, culture and heritage such as museums, libraries, art galleries, cultural heritage centres or villages, cultural performance stages and others are allowed to operate,” it added. 

However, those under the Negative List are subjected to the existing CMCO SOPs of the tourism and culture sector.