Green light for Hari Raya bazaars, night markets in Selangor

Only 50% of the venue’s capacity is allowed, depending on the size of the building or premises

By NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

HARI Raya bazaars and night markets in Selangor are allowed to operate until 10pm with stringent conditions during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (picture) said among these conditions include limited number of visitors according to the size of the premises or building.

“At one time, only 50% of the venue’s capacity is allowed, depending on the size (or) according to the size of the building or premises. The queue number system will also be enforced.

“Meanwhile, children under the age of 12 are not allowed to enter the bazaars. We have discussed with the police and if there is a breach of the standard operating procedures, the said bazaar will be closed immediately,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

While Hari Raya bazaars are allowed, Ramadhan bazaars throughout the state will no longer be allowed to operate from Saturday.

“By Friday, they would have had 25 days of business. I think it is not so cruel to cease the operations of Ramadhan bazaars a little earlier,” he said.

Six districts in Selangor, namely Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang will undergo the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting today until May 17.

All national schools, day schools and schools under the Selangor Islamic Religious Department are to close from today at all MCO and Conditional MCO areas.

“We will go with this directive and after the Hari Raya break, schools will remain closed where students are to continue with the home-based teaching and learning method.

“The decision to close the schools earlier was made after finding that there are still risks of Covid-19 transmissions in schools,” said Amirudin.

However, he said daycare centres are still allowed to operate to ease the burden of working parents during the MCO period.

Apart from that, Amirudin said dine-in at restaurants are not allowed at all restaurants and hotels in the six MCO districts, including Ramadhan buffets.

“Grocery stores, petrol stations and restaurants can operate from 6am to midnight during the MCO period.

“Details other than the above are subject to the National Security Council,” he said.

In the meantime, Amirudin said the state government has agreed to channel RM500 in aid to each hawker affected by the closure of Ramadhan bazaars.

“An estimated 11,000 Ramadhan bazaar traders are affected by the MCO announcement,” he said.