Source: Hong Kong Information Services
Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today visited Tai Wai Market and Food & Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) Skylight Market in Tin Shui Wai.
Upon installation of an air-conditioning system and completion of a series of improvement works, Tai Wai Market reopened in October.
Two existing poultry stalls have been reprovisioned for human-poultry segregation, the electricity supply and ventilation system, barrier-free facilities and signage system have been upgraded and toilet facilities have been refurbished.
Upon reopening, the market has implemented various anti-epidemic measures, including requiring market tenants and customers to wear masks, installation of a body temperature checking system at the entrances or exits, placing sensor-activated hand sanitiser dispensers in the market as well as enhancing toilet facilities by installing sensor-activated water taps, soap dispensers, a flushing system and toilet seat sanitisers.
Prof Chan said the Government attaches importance to providing a modernised environment for public markets and has earmarked $2 billion for the implementation of the Market Modernisation Programme to carry out various improvement works for markets managed by the department.
If needed, the Government will seek additional resources for implementation of the programme, she added.
Prof Chan then went to FEHD Skylight Market near Tin Sau Road Park in Tin Shui Wai, to inspect its preparatory work.
She spoke to some tenants to learn about their preparation for the opening of their stalls.
The Architectural Services Department adopted the modular integrated construction method to shorten the market’s construction time.
Formerly known as Tin Shui Wai Temporary Market, FEHD Skylight Market will begin operation in the second half of December.
There will be 36 stalls selling fish, meat, vegetables and fruits, providing more fresh food choices for the public.
Contactless payment will be available at all stalls with a view to lowering the transmission risk of COVID-19 in the market environment.
Prof Chan said it was named FEHD Skylight Market in reference to the signature architectural design of the temporary market’s canopy.
Apart from reflecting the characteristics of the market design, the first word of Skylight in Chinese also matches well with the first word of Tin Shui Wai.
The department received more than 2,400 eligible applications to rent stalls. Open balloting was held in early November and according to the result, 10 stalls were allotted to applicants residing in Tin Shui Wai.