Sibu Central Market closed until Sept 18

The wet market section at the Sibu Central Market.

SIBU: The Sibu Municipal Council (MPS) has ordered the wet market section at the Sibu Central Market to be closed for eight days starting Saturday until Sept 18.

The market section includes the fish, chicken and pork stalls.

This was revealed by the chairman of the Standing Committee on Market Affairs, Hawkers and Small Traders, Councillor Albert Tiang Ming Tie when contacted today.

He explained the main reason for the closure was to curb the transmission of Covid-19.

Councillor Albert Tiang

“The order was made following the detection of several positive Covid-19 cases in the wet market section.  

“This temporary closure is also to make way for disinfection to be carried out,” he explained, adding that the wet market would reopen on September 19.

He also reminded hawkers, customers and suppliers to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that had been set while they were in other sections of the market.

“All markets and hawker centres under MPS will only admit fully vaccinated customers.  

“Because it is under the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), only 25 percent of customers will be allowed to enter the premises at one time,” he added.

He also said that the council had implemented an approach in dealing with positive Covid-19 cases detected in the market.

“If a hawker’s screening test is positive, then the hawker near him has to close his stall for five days and undergo a screening test as well,” explained Tiang.