Businesses during the Ramadan month will not be closed down this year even with the Omicron wave.
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According to Bernama, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that this year, there will be no restrictions imposed on economic activities including the Ramadan bazaars.
However, a more refined standard operating procedure (SOP) will be set for the Ramadan bazaars this year which will be announced at a much later date. Ramadan, a fasting month for Muslims, is expected to start on the 3rd of April for a month until the 2nd of May 2022 in Malaysia.
“We will not be closing down businesses, as I have mentioned earlier, the Raya celebration, fasting month, Ramadan bazaar and night market will all resume as usual,” he said to the reporters after attending the Keluarga Malaysia Chinese New Year Luncheon yesterday.
Before this, some Ramdan bazaar traders were worried that they wouldn’t be able to operate this year due to the rising case of the Omicron wave over the past month.
As of yesterday (13 February 2022), the number of new Covid-19 cases were reported to be 21,072 making the cumulative total cases over 3 million.
Even with the increasing numbers, the authorities appease the public by saying that the Ramadan bazaar can and will be operating this year but with compliance to the existing SOPs.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim even mentioned last week that Ramadan bazaar in the federal territories are allowed to open this year as we need to drive economic activities in this ‘post’-COVID-19 period.
Last year in 2021, the operation of the Ramadan bazaar was also permitted but only in some areas and under strict SOPs, including entry and exit controls while in 2020, any bazaar was not allowed to operate nationwide to curb the spread of COVID-19.