SIBU: Warm response to the reopening of Sunday Market at its new site in Taman Indah Teku here yesterday pleases chairman of Sibu Muncipal Council (SMC) Clarence Ting.
He pointed out the unexpected but good problem of difficulty in finding a parking bay.
“I can say the response is good. I hope the 114 stalls have business,” he told reporters after visiting the market with SMC’s Markets and Pretty Traders Standing Committee chairman Albert Tiang and councilor in-charge of the Sunday Market Lim Tiong Guan.
The standard operating procedures (SOP) put in place at two entry points include body temperature check as well as MySejahtera and CovidTrace registration.
Ting stated that some traders informed him that business was satisfactory and some approached him regarding application for trading licence.
The market can accommodate 200 stalls but presently has only 114 stalls to observe physical distancing.
“When movement control restriction is over, we will allow more traders. I am happy that locals are patronising the Sunday Market at the new venue,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tiang said the response was overwhelming and traders cooperative.
“I approached a few traders who were satisfied with the spacious environment. For now, we are going to improve the infrastructure such as water supply and parking issue.
He said there are 342 parking bays in the area which are sufficient for the time being.
“Once the water supply is connected, we will put up mobile toilets.
“In the meantime, we advise traders to patronise and use the toilets at nearby coffeeshops and would look into more parking bays,” he stated.
The Sunday Market which relocated from Jalan Mahsuri operates from 6am to 11am Saturdays and Sundays.