Hawkers reminded not to block walkways with goods to allow proper social distancing to be practised

Yii (yellow shirt) inspecting the walkways at Pasar Besar Krokop 10. He expressed satisfaction that the hawkers complied with the directive not to place their goods beyond their respective stall boundary.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 24: Hawkers at Pasar Besar Krokop 10 have been reminded not to place their goods along the pedestrian walkways, as it makes the pathway too narrow and difficult for customers to maintain one-metre physical distancing.

When giving this reminder, Mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang noted, previously before Pasar Besar Krokop 10 was ordered to temporarily close for three days from May 19 to 21 to give way for sanitisation works, the hawkers were placing their goods along the walkways ,making the pathway too narrow for customers to pass through.

“Now we have said they are not allowed to place their goods beyond their stall limit so that people can move around freely and social distancing can be observed,” Yii revealed when met at the market today.

He was inspecting the level of compliance with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) by the hawkers and public at Pasar Besar Krokop 10.

“Hawkers must take care of themselves and their families , because of the Covid-19 situation is still worrying. Please comply with the SOPs,” Yii emphasised.

He pointed out the government and Miri City Council (MCC) have stepped up efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 such as setting up stations for the public to register online or manually before entering the premises or buildings.

“The council enforcement officers will conduct spot checks to ensure everyone checks-in with MySejahtera, and we do this because we want to make sure everybody using this market (Pasar Besar Krokop 10) is registered with the application before entering, and in case there are Covid-19 positive cases we will be able to conduct contact tracing via the application. This is for everybody’s safety,” he said.

Pasar Besar Krokop 10 has a total of 163 hawkers including the food vendors occupying the second floor of the building. — DayakDaily