By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Local authorities in Tainan have again ordered an immediate suspension of the Ximenting
Flea Market after it was found to be operating over the weekend despite the city’s ordinance calling for sanitation and hygiene improvements, reports said Sunday.
In the midst of the dengue fever epidemic, health authorities discovered that a large percentage of the patients are current residents around the flea market area. On August 1, the market was ordered to cease its operation and pending clearance from the city’s department of public health.
As an act of defiance, shop owners resumed their day-to-day business on Saturday, but were later met with government officials, who warned operators that further non-compliance will results in the market being torn down, reports said.
Tainan Mayor William Lai was also present during the Sunday bust, accompanied by officials from the city’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Public Works Department.