Only those vaccinated allowed to enter market

Ting (second left) and staff of SMC showing the vaccination certificates at the Sibu central market.

KUCHING: The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has taken stringent steps to ensure that it is safe for businesses to operate again.

Its chairman Clarence Ting said for Sibu Central Market, starting Sunday (Aug 1), only allows patrons who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to enter.

He added that those who want to enter the market need to produce their vaccine card or their certificate on the MySejahtera app.

“SMC councillors and staff also visited the market on Sunday (Aug 1) to distribute vaccination certificates to all the traders.

“We hope that through their display, members of the public will feel safe to return to the market again,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Aug 1).

Earlier, Ting also visited the weekend market at Taman Indah to monitor the distribution of face masks and hand sanitisers to the traders.

“One year ago, when SMC moved these traders here from Taman Mahsuri, it was met with scepticism. Many thought this location was too far and there will be little business.

“In this one year, people continue to frequent this market despite the pandemic because it is bigger and more spacious.

“The place is kept clean by the traders and I wish to thank them for working together with the council,” he said.

In a separate programme, Ting also visited the mobile vaccination centre (PPV) at Jalan Ding Lik Kwong wharf.

“There was an encouraging response to the mobile PPV on the first day (July 31) of its commencement. Today (Aug 1), people continue to come. A total of 424 persons were inoculated.

“If you know of anyone who has yet to be vaccinated, please help to point them to the Sibu indoor stadium which currently allows walk-ins,” he said.