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City Markets Enforce Covid-19 SOPs

At Kalerwe, Nakasero and St. Balikuddembe markets, gazetted handwashing points have been installed at all main entrances. Some of the points were installed by leaders, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and non-government organizations.
23 Jun 2021 08:39
Market Vendors at Kalerwe market in Kampala

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Several markets in Kampala City are enforcing Covid-19 Standard operating procedures-SOPs.

Many vendors argue that if they fail to observe the SOPs which include social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks, the markets will be closed and affect their income.

Last week President Yoweri Museveni announced a 42-day lockdown. However, markets selling food items were allowed to continue operating on the condition that they maintain the SOPs. 

At Kalerwe, Nakasero and St. Balikuddembe markets, gazetted handwashing points have been installed at all main entrances.  Some of the points were installed by leaders, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and non-government organizations.

The vendors have also constituted COVID 19 task force whose mandate is to enforce COVID 19 guidelines in the markets. Members of the task force inspect the markets regularly to ensure that vendors and customers adhere to the guidelines.

Haruna Ntambazi, the coordinator of the COVID 19 task force in Nakasero market says that Makerere School of Public Health, Red Cross and KCCA has trained members of the task force on how to wash hands, identifying and managing a COVID 19 suspect.

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Ntambazi says they have also expanded the market to enable vendors to observe social distancing.

Some vendors have also responded to a call by President Yoweri Museveni, to sleep in the markets to reduce contact with family members, as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19.

Sula Sewakiryanga, the secretary of Muluya market at Kalerwe says a number of their vendors are spending nights in the markets. He also says the leadership has scaled up efforts to enforce COVID 19 SOPs.

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At St. Balikuddembe market, the chairperson Susan Kushaba says that more than 200 vendors sleep in the market. She, however, says that they are yet to receive mosquito nets from KCCA.

However, Kushaba says that they are faced with a challenge of street vendors outside the market who interact freely with customers without adhering to the SOPs. She says that they have asked vendors to occupy the stalls inside the market, but many are yet to comply. She wants KCCA to evict the vendors off the streets.

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