According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade, on the morning of July 21, An Hoi market (Go Vap) was officially closed because of a case of Covid-19 infection at the market, bringing the total number of markets that are temporarily closed in the city to 205/237. (including 3 wholesale markets).
Thus, only 32 traditional markets remain in operation. The number of closed traditional markets is increasing day by day, although Ho Chi Minh City has written requests for districts, Thu Duc city to have a plan to reopen traditional markets or open local essential food selling points. to resume the broken supply chain of goods, provide food and meet the needs of the people.
Faced with this situation, the Department of Industry and Trade has sent an express dispatch to the People’s Committees of districts and Thu Duc City, the management board of traditional markets in Ho Chi Minh City, providing detailed instructions on how to organize market activities.
Accordingly, the local government is requested to direct and thoroughly grasp the market management boards to strengthen measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic at the traditional market and at the same time organize the business of essential food and food items. to serve the people in the area according to the plans guided by the department.
An Dong market small trader contacted the Ministry of Industry and Trade delegation on the morning of July 21
Regarding the method of business organization, for markets with a high shopping density, areas with high risk of infection, the market management unit, based on the actual situation, will review the overall sales areas. at the market to have a plan to regulate the business area appropriately, to ensure the reduction of shopping density, and to keep an appropriate safe distance. Calculating, researching and implementing the plan: handing out tickets to the market to limit people entering; organize for small traders to do business in the form of rotation, alternating in case of necessity to reduce concentration and ensure the distance when doing business and shopping in accordance with regulations.
For some localities with special characteristics such as complicated epidemics, there are many objective reasons why it is difficult to restore the operation of traditional markets. People deployed to set up small-scale selling points in the market area or selling points with suitable locations in residential areas to promptly supply fresh goods, vegetables and fruits to the people.
In case of necessity, the locality can review suitable areas to organize selling points on the basis of strictly complying with regulations on epidemic prevention and control, and ensuring environmental hygiene. Specifically, priority should be given to areas with lots of shade, not affecting traffic, possibly limiting the area for organizing selling points, dividing one-way traffic…; make grids and lines to divide the booths to ensure a safe distance when contacting. Goods are packaged and priced available for buyers to choose quickly and minimize contact between sellers and buyers. The local government will coordinate with the market management board to issue access cards to these points of sale to control the number and allocate people according to the time frame…
The Department of Industry and Trade also suggested districts and Thu Duc city to strengthen the mobilization of resources, promote the role of the Fatherland Front and local socio-political organizations to organize market activities according to the model. self-management model or other appropriate forms to organize the supply of goods (priority is given to fresh products, vegetables, tubers, fruits and vegetables) to people in the area.
The industry and trade management agency encourages localities to actively research and deploy appropriate information technology application solutions in the organization and operation of the market and store relevant information to serve the task of zoning. area, tracing when necessary.
The Department of Industry and Trade is coordinating with the Department of Information and Communications to deploy an information technology application model in the organization and operation of traditional markets; accordingly, piloting the model of “App to schedule shopping for people” (pilot at Tan Chanh Hiep market – District 12); the model of “marketing scheduler switchboard” (pilot at Binh Thoi market – District 11). After pilot implementation, it will be evaluated, adjusted (if necessary) and replicated to traditional markets in the city.
According to the Department of Industry and Trade, some markets that were closed because they were related to Covid-19 cases have resumed operations after the closure for disinfection, testing, and tracing…. Specifically:
-District 5: An Dong market
– District 10: Nguyen Tri Phuong market
-District 11: Binh Thoi market, Phu Tho market
– Binh Tan District: Kien Thanh Market
– Binh Chanh district: Tan Doan Viet market, Ba Lat market, temporary market at Hamlet 4 Vinh Loc A, Qui Duc market
Some districts that have not yet met the conditions to ensure the reopening of markets have also organized small selling points to serve people. Include:
District 12: People’s Committee of Tan Thoi Nhat ward organizes 20 stalls of mobile necessities along Duong Thi Giang route for small traders of Lac Quang market to do business. Tan Hung Thuan ward organizes for traders to organize sales at the intersection of DN6 and DN5 roads in An Suong residential area.
Cu Chi district: Phu Hoa commune organizes for 10 small traders in Hoa Phu market to sell essential foods at the communal football field; Binh My commune also arranged an area for 10 business households.