Following the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) directives to use red squares at marketplaces to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, Tamu Aneka Temburong in Pekan Bangar, limited cusomters to a maximum of 20 at a time.
Customers are requested to stand one metre apart, on lines marked in yellow tape on the floor.
One customer told the Bulletin, “It’s definitely a good move by the relevant parties, but there should be more planning and organisation on the number of visitors allowed inside, considering the large space of this market.”
Another said, “More personnel on duty should be added to conduct body temperature checks and monitor the number of people entering and exiting the place.”
Several food hawkers from the market already shifted to the road curb for the extra space and convenience of their customers, while vegetable stalls were temporarily relocated to a nearby spot to avoid overcrowding.
One hawker said, “The decline in the number of customers is understandable.
“Given the current limitations and restrictions, most businesses are struggling.
“But we are thankful that at least we still have customers buying from us.”