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Kisoro Municipal Markets closed for Failure to Heed to COVID-19 Preventive Guidelines

Mugisha told URN that the two weekly markets were allowed to open daily to reduce congestion with specific instructions to the traders to observe the 4-meter physical distance between them and the buyers.
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The Kisoro District Coronavirus Taskforce led by the Resident District Commissioner, Captain. Peter Mugisha has closed Kisoro Old and Rusiza markets for failure to abide by the Covid19 preventive guidelines.

  Mugisha told URN that the two weekly markets were allowed to open daily to reduce congestion with specific instructions to the traders to observe the 4-meter physical distance between them and the buyers.  

He says they also asked management to provide hand washing facilities for all people entering the market and directed the vendors to sleep in the market as part of the measures to avoid infection or exposing their family members. He explains that members of the District Coronavirus Task force and municipal technical staff have been frequenting the market to check on compliance but their findings haven’t been good.  

  “We have decided to close the two markets after they failed to adhere to the Presidential directives and Ministry of Health guidelines of spacing themselves as we had allowed them to operate on daily basis, but they have failed to adhere to the guidelines so we have now closed the two markets till they put all things right,” Capt. Mugisha said.

 

The Kisoro Municipal Mayor, Richard Ndyana, says they will work with the market leadership to put in place the required facilities within the next two days. He says they will require the vendors to construct stalls and give them space of four meters. He asks security to reduce on the harsh treatment of the vendors. He says the Municipality will not collect taxes from traders but don’t expected them to be overcrowded.