A total of 22 Ramadan bazaars have been ordered to close by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, given the rising cases of Covid-19 infection starting from May 1.
Datuk Zainal Abidin Abu Hassan said the decision was made during the National Security Council (NSC) meeting on April 28.
"The ministry has received a report from Hotspot Identification by Dynamic Engagement (HIDE), which has identified several bazaars that have posed a threat in the spread of Covid-19 infection," said Zainal.
He said this threat is identified through contact tracing analysis performed by the Health Ministry through the MySejahtera application.
The bazaars identified as high-risk spots include:
- Belatuk Taman Scientex, Johor
- Kg Pasir in Jalan Mata Kuching, Johor
- Mart Kempas, Johor
- Lok Heng, Johor
- Taman Selasih, Kedah
- Baling 2021, Kedah
- Kupang 2021,Kedah
- Lurah Semantan, Pahang
- Temerloh Jaya,Pahang
- Bazar Nenas Kg Selabak, Perak
- MPKK Jalan Tenggiri,Penang
- Attakwa Taman Bertam Indah,Penang
- Kampung Melayu,Penang
- Masjid Daerah Barat Daya,Penang
- Iftar Ramadan Jalan Berangan,Penang
- Bukit Gedung,Penang
- Taman Tun Sardon,Penang
- Puncak Jalil, Selangor
- Stesen LRT Cempaka, Selangor
- Taman Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur
- Jalan Raja Alang, Kuala Lumpur
Several other Ramadan Bazaar were ordered to closed for failing to adhere to the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
- Greenwood Ramadan bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, 22 April - 25 April
- Tok Adis Ramadan Bazaar, Terengganu, 17 April - 30 April
Meanwhile, in Kuching, it was reported that two Ramadan bazaar is allowed to operate after obtaining permission from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Sarawak.
Previously, several district council in Sarawak restricted the operation of Ramadan Bazaar because of the rising cases of Covid-19 infection. Sarawak currently is amongst the higher Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.
It was unclear whether the same SOP still applies to the operators and workers of the bazaar.
Previously reported by the SDMC that "Operators and workers at the bazaars must take a PCR swab test and show a negative result before opening."