COVID-19: Government closes down Ashaiman, Mandela Markets for Two Weeks

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Two markets inside the Ashaiman Municipality of the Higher Accra Area have been closed down.

The Ashaiman Central market and the Mandela Markets will stay closed for the following two weeks as a method to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus which has contaminated 408 individuals within the nation.

The Ashaiman Municipal Meeting (ASHMA), in an announcement explained that the markets have been closed down as a result of “all attempts to control the daily population in the markets have proved futile”.

It additionally said, “Additionally, attempts by the executives of the markets to regulate the number of market women selling in the markets on a daily basis have also failed.”

“The Municipal Safety Council (MUSEC) at an emergency assembly held on Saturday, 11th April 2020 at 10:18 am, unanimously endorsed that the 2 important markets in Ashaiman that’s Ashaiman Central markets and Mandela Markets be closed.”

It additional disclosed that Ashaiman has been recognized as one of many hotspots for the novel COVID-19 within the nation.

“The decision has become necessary because Ashaiman is a densely populated municipality and one of the identified hotspots in the country. The high population in the markets, therefore, puts everybody at risk. It is on the basis of the above, that MUSEC found it necessary to temporarily close down [the markets] for two (2) weeks,” the statement further indicated.

Different preparations have nonetheless been made to open seven (7) satellite markets within the municipality to serve residents.

The satellite tv for pc markets are:

  • Kofi Nimo park
  • Mesisok park
  • Nii Amui park
  • Alhaji Kuntar park
  • Equador park
  • Jericho school park
  • Starlite school park

The assertion also mentioned the Assembly hopes these measures will assist control the spread of the virus.

“It is the hope of MUSEC that this arrangement would help us control the spread of the virus in the municipality as social distance keeping remains one of the key strategies.”

In a similar transfer, the Kumasi Metropolitan Meeting has additionally closed down its markets over what it calls “blatant disregard” for the World Well being Organizations’s social distancing protocol within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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