SIBU: The Sibu Central Market which houses 1,400-odd traders will be closed for one week from Feb 8 to 14 after 47 Covid-19 cases were reported there.
The cases involved council staff, traders and their family members.
Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting in a statement on Friday (Feb 5), said the decision was made for the safety of operators, staff, patrons and the public at large.
The multi-storey car park, which is adjacent to the central market, will also be closed during the period.
Ting said the council was acting on the directive issued by the Sibu health office on Feb 5 under Section 18(1)(d) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 so that the council could properly sanitise the premises to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Guided and acted upon by the said directive given by the Sibu divisional health office, we seek the kind understanding and cooperation of all operators at the Sibu Central Market and multi-storey car park complex, which are licensed/governed under the jurisdiction of the Sibu Municipal Council, to temporarily close their respective businesses during the period.
“This is an effort to assist in flattening the curve of the pandemic during this difficult and challenging time,” he said.
Ting also called on all hawkers, stall operators, and the public (especially those who have developed any Covid-19 related symptoms), to immediately undergo PCR swab tests at the nearest government clinic or at the drive-through swab test facility provided by the Health Ministry at the compound of the library.
The public is also reminded to follow the SOP guidelines issued by the state disaster management committee from time to time.