Individuals without Covid-19 vaccination barred from entering Sibu Central Market

People queuing at the central market to have their vaccination status checked.

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SIBU, Aug 4: A number of people were denied entry into the Sibu Central Market after failing to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has enforced this ‘no-vaccination-no-entry ruling’ since August 1.

According to Standing Committee for Market and Petty Traders member Councillor Albert Tiang, they had conducted a three-hour observation on site yesterday to monitor the enforcement of the ruling.

“We were on site to observe (about three hours) the security detail enforcing the requirements to enter Sibu Central Market today and the security team have been very strict about entry,” he said.

Tiang said they saw several times from a distance that the enforcement officers were strictly enforcing the ruling and turning away those without vaccination cards or digital certificate from entering the market

“We hope the security will keep up with their good work as stipulated in their agreement,” he said.

Separately, he said all durian sellers have started trading this afternoon at the parking lot at Pasar Tamu Sungai Merah.

“With the number of) durian sellers mushrooming, there is a need to control the selling of durians at Sungai Merah Town main road which cause constant traffic congestion,” he said.

The business hours are from 3pm to 10pm.

Tiang said the council had arrived at the decision after he led a delegation of several councillors to survey the area with SMC enforcement personnel to determine locations suitable as alternative areas for these sellers to sell their durians while adhering to standard operating procedures (SOP) and maintaining order during this year’s durian rush.

“We are charging a RM1 permit fee per trader. In addition to paying the permit fee, the traders must also share the cost of SOP (enforcement) by the Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) team,” he added. — DayakDaily