SINGAPORE – The market and hawking center at Block 210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 have been closed for thorough cleaning and disinfection, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced on Saturday (September 18th).
The NEA said it was aware that cases of Covid-19 had been detected among traders and workers there.
The agency told the Straits Times that the center’s planned spring cleaning session was brought forward from Friday to Sunday.
Asked about the market closure, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Saktiandi Supaat said, “We will continue to ensure that sound management measures are in place.
“Since last year, the town hall has applied a self-disinfecting coating on sensitive points such as elevator buttons.
“The NEA also required that all markets have a TraceTogether record to facilitate contact tracing. “
The market and hawking center isn’t the only place in Toa Payoh to have had Covid-19 infections.
A night-time vegetable wholesale market in Toa Payoh East Lorong 7 has been temporarily closed since September 3 after several cases of Covid-19 were found there.
It will remain closed until September 23, as more cases have been detected among market operators, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Saturday.
SFA told ST that the market, a privately run secondary fruit and vegetable distribution site, had been voluntarily closed as a precaution by operators.
But the closure has a negligible impact on the country’s food supply as the market serves a small clientele, the SFA added.
Other recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in Toa Payoh include its bus interchange, Madrasah Irsyad Zuhri Al-Islamiah religious school, and Orient Goldsmiths and Jewelers.
The jewelry retailer is provisionally closed from September 3 to 21, according to its website.