The Agona West Municipal Assembly this morning [Thursday, May 14, 2020] reopened the Swedru Markets which were closed for almost two weeks.
The markets were temporarily closed by the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) on Tuesday May 5, 2020 due to non-adherence to social distancing by traders at the markets.
The affected markets were the Main, Mandela markets and a satellite market which was created at the Narrow way school park primarily to reduce congestion at the markets.
Prior to the reopening, the MUSEC had held a series of meetings with the leadership of the markets and representatives of chiefs to come up with guidelines and modalities to ensure strict adherence to safety protocols and social distancing at the markets to stem the spread of the virus.
In its quest to avert the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, had created three additional satellite markets at the Mayline Park, Tipper Truck Drivers station and the Narrow Way school park. These satellite markets would be operational particularly on Mondays and Thursdays which are observed as market days.
Per the creation of the satellite markets, traders who ply their trade at unapproved places around the two markets and at the shoulders of the road have been moved to the satellite to reduce congestion within the Central Business Area to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Additionally, the market had numbered the sheds, stores and stalls as well as provided colour tags to floating traders so that they would run shift at the two markets so as to prevent overcrowding and ensure strict adherence to social distancing.
Also, the assembly had extended water supply to all the markets to ensure that traders and buyers regularly washed their hands to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a visit by Graphic Online, it was observed that the traders were observing social distancing while many of them were spotted wearing face masks.
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