Written by Sarah NEGEDU

COVID-19: FCTA relaxes guideline on market operations

The FCT Administration over the weekend, reviewed it's guideline on market operations, by extending business activities in markets across the territory by an extra day.

FCT minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, at a joint meeting of the FCT COVID-19 Emergency Response Team and the FCT Security Committee, also directed that sellers of agricultural inputs like fertilizer, herbicide, be also allowed to operate on those market days.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting directed that markets in the FCT should with effect from Monday, May 25th, 2020, operate three times a week in line with the second phase of the ease of lockdown guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary of the Administration, Anthony Ogunleye, therefore directed that all markets will now be opened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8.00am to 3.00pm.

It explained that in addition to sale of foodstuff, "the following additional sections of the market will now open;

Agricultural inputs for farm activities such as sale of fertilizer, herbicides, seeds and agricultural implements."

Similarly, building and construction materials as well as electrical items specifically for construction are also permitted to reopen their business in the markets.

The FCTA however warned that new sections of the market to be re-opened must ensure decontamination of their premises prior to commencement of business, while market operators and customers must also observe all already established protocols of hand washing, facial coverings and social distancing.

Meanwhile, neighborhood selling points managed by the Abuja Markets Management Ltd which are restricted to selling only foodstuff, are however allowed to operate daily.

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