The night market, locally known as Connaught Pasar Malam, takes place in the Cheras neighbourhood every Wednesday evening. You can find over nearly 900 stalls set along a two-kilometre road. It’s the longest street market in Kuala Lumpur, exploring the entire marketplace can take up to two hours as there are plenty of inexpensive items to browse through. Among them are clothing, accessories, books, bags, handicrafts and household items.
Nonetheless, the public may have a totally different shopping experience once the night market reopens.
Precautions taken by the authorities
With the Covid-19 pandemic still an alarm to the public, the authorities have a list of specifications and requirements. This is to ensure that social distancing is adhered to at the markets, which are filled with traders and shoppers.
1. Traders and assistants
To follow stricter Standard Operation Procedure (SOP), stall owners are encouraged to wear face masks, face shields and gloves at all times. Besides, each stall would be fully covered at the back with a screen. This is to avoid public entry from the side into the night market.
Entrance will only be set at the beginning and also the end of the night market walk. Shields would also be placed along the sides of the stall so that customers do not easily enter the stall from behind or from the sides.
Jalan Alif 1 situated next to the shop lots, which cuts through the feature, would be closed off on the trading day, with the no-entry zones demarcated by tape.
3. Venue SOP
Also, the size of the night market would be reduced by half to comply with government regulations. The current night market SOP requires traders to set up their stalls 2.5m apart. Half of the market traders will take turns to operate week by week. It is to avoid the congestion of the night market along the way to ensure the practice of social distancing between the stalls. Under this setting practised proposed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, stalls are covered at the side and back so customers can browse only at the front.
4. Crowd control
The Taman Connaught Night Markets has also reduced to a third or half their regular capacities, as its 900 lots would be cut to 400. Hence, the number of visitors is expected to ease to between 600 and 1,000 from its regular 2,000 to 3,000.
Moreover, screening for body temperatures and sign-in tracking records will be done to each customer. Each customer will then get a sticker on their shirts to confirm they have screened for entry.
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Prepared by: Dominic L