Memory Lane finally resumed business after closing for four months following the enactment of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia on 18th March, 2020.
This flea market is managed by the Ipoh City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh) and is open every Sunday from 7am until 1pm. The streets that are used for this purpose are Jalan Horley, Jalan Lim Bo Seng, Jalan Dass, Jalan Foo Yet Kai and Lorong Taipu.
On the first day of business resumption, about 1000 visitors thronged the market to hunt for bargains at Memory Lane, also known as Pasar Karat.
Tuan Haji Musa Dun (MBI Senior Director of Service & Operations) was on the ground with his colleagues from the Licensing & Enforcement, Health, Enforcement, Trading Units, along with the Police (Polis DiRaja Malaysia) and Perak Immigration Department, to see how well the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as stipulated by the Health Ministry, was observed by vendors and visitors alike.
Memory Lane provides a total of 652 trading spots. However, during this new normal of Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase, only 143 traders were allowed to resume their business this morning, along Jalan Horley and Jalan Dass. They hold odd number licences. Even number licence holders can only start their trade next Sunday, while those who had opened their stalls today take a break. All food and beverage sellers are not allowed to open yet.
This schedule is ongoing until at least the end of RMCO on 31st August, 2020. Any new schedule will be notified.