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KUCHING, Sept 10: Kuching Divisional Health Office has given green light for the reopening of five markets, as well as trading places in Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) area.
Its chairman Lo Khere Chiang said the five markets and trading places allowed to operate starting yesterday (Sept 9) are the 3rd Mile Market, 7th Mile Market, 10th Mile Market, Taman Desa Wira Temporary Hawker Centre and Cat’s Walk Street Market at Kuching City Mall.
“However, the Cat’s Walk Street Market at Kuching City Mall is unable to open as the operator and the management team is still under quarantine until Sept 15, 2021, and will reopen thereafter,” he said.
On the same note, Lo assured that MPP will continue to monitor any hawker infected with Covid-19 and will immediately demand that close contacts, such as the stall assistants and nearby hawkers go for swab tests.
He said failing to do so, they will be unable to trade. This way, the spread of Covid-19 and market closures can be prevented.
He further pointed out that MPP will continue to work closely with the Kuching Divisional Health Office and the enforcement agencies to keep Covid-19 cases down not only in the markets but in the whole MPP area.
He said in order to minimise more disruption in the future, routine self-testing may become the norm from now onwards.
According to Lo, MPP understands that the hawkers want to be able to trade every day to earn a livelihood, and everyone wants the economic sectors to be open and vibrant.
“However, everyone has a responsibility to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Fighting Covid-19 is our joint responsibility,” he said. — DayakDaily