Third HCMC wholesale market to reopen Monday

By Hong Chau   September 19, 2021 | 12:23 am PT
Third HCMC wholesale market to reopen Monday
HCMC's Hoc Mon wholesale market on June 27, 2021, just hours before suspending operations due to the coronavirus. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
HCMC's Hoc Mon wholesale market will reopen a transit point starting Monday and is expected to supply the city with 100-200 tons of vegetables and fruits every day.

The transit point, where 16 vendors have registered to operate, will operate from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to a document issued Saturday by the Hoc Mon District People's Committee.

The market's management board has been asked to cooperate with vendors and workers, ensuring compliance with all coronavirus control measures, proper waste management and environmental protection.

The pandemic control measures include daily Covid-19 tests for workers who operate in person at the market and drivers who transport food and goods. Every person and vehicle entering the market must be disinfected, the committee has ordered.

Nguyen Tien Dung, director of the Hoc Mon Agriculture Wholesale Market Company, said all preparations have been completed for the market's transit point to reopen. The management board would ensure both coronavirus prevention and sufficient supply for citizens, enabling them to buy products at reasonable prices, he added.

The board, along with local authorities, would also deploy personnel to patrol the streets around the market to monitor the situation, dealing strictly with those who gather to transport and sell goods outside the market, which is not allowed for now.

The Hoc Mon Market has been suspended since late June as part of coronavirus control measures. It is the last of HCMC's three wholesale markets to reopen its transit point. The other two, Binh Dien and Thu Duc, reopened their transit points on September 7 and September 17, respectively.

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