Markets in the Greater Accra Region will be closed on Monday, March 23, 2020 for a fumigation exercise to guard against the novel coronavirus pandemic’s spread in Ghana.
This is part of the nationwide disinfestation of public spaces to control the virus.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, said this decision was arrived at in consultation with the market women.
“They have all agreed on Monday and I was happy. They all see that there is expediency in the matter and we have to do it quick… in the Greater Accra Region, markets will be closed on Monday,” she said to the media.
Ahead of the fumigation, the Minister engaged in an outreach to the market areas and assured that all districts in the country will be given one hundred Veronica buckets and other hygiene essentials to ensure market women adhere to the precautionary measures announced by authorities.
She also warned that children were to stay away from trading activities in the market during the period.
“Our children have been sent home. They are not supposed to go trading in the market so we will communicate that to the market women. We don’t want to go to the market and see children who should be at home trading.”
Hajia Alima said she was satisfied with the cooperation from market women and stressed that her outfit “will be careful in emphasising on the social distances.”