SMC: Face masks still mandatory for traders at markets, hawker centres

All hawkers and traders at markets within the Sibu Municipal Council’s jurisdiction are still required to wear face masks

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By William Isau

SIBU, May 1: All traders at markets and hawker centres within the Sibu Municipal Council’s jurisdiction are still required to wear face masks when conducting business despite the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

According to Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Market and Petty Traders Standing Committee chairman, Counsellor Albert Tiang, markets are considered indoor areas, making face masks mandatory.


“Many traders are asking whether they still need to wear face masks starting May 1, and I told them they have to wear it,” he said.

He said if a market has a roof, then wearing face masks is mandatory.

“I hope there is no more confusion about this,” he said.

As for night market traders, Tiang said that they are encouraged to wear masks.

“According to the press statement from the Health Ministry, the public and traders are encouraged to wear face masks at the night market as it is categorised as a crowded place. This also includes Ramadan bazaars or stadiums,” he said.

On taking turns trading during daytime and nighttime, he said it is still being implemented until the council receives the official SOPs.

“This is because the standard operating procedure (SOP) that requires a distance of two metres between stalls has yet to be lifted,” he said. — DayakDaily