MCE orders closure of Mankessim market after traders failed to observe social distancing

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The Mfantseman Municipal Chief Executive, Kenneth Kelly Essuman has ordered some Mankessim traders to close their stores over their failure to adhere to the social distancing arrangements put in place by the Assembly.

He said the market should be closed today, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 till further notice.

He said that the markets should be opened only on market days – Wednesdays and Saturdays.

According to the MCE, the closure is line with government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Following the lifting of the partial lockdown in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Areas by the government, in a bid to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the Mfantseman Municipal Assembly held separate stakeholder-meetings together with the leadership of the various markets in the municipality, to strategize for compliance of the directive.

It was arranged that traders at Mankessim Market will operate on shift bases to ensure that the market is not crowded in compliance with the social distancing protocol.

MCE expressed disappointment at the situation and told Angel TV news in an interview that the market would be shut until further notice.

He however stated that arrangements are being made to accommodate between 120 and 250 traders.

“We’ve the same arrangements for some of the traders at Saltpond and Anomabo Markets…,” he said.

The MCE further advised traders who are not selling foods and foods items to stay at home.

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