ABC News has gathered that major markets in the Accra metropolis will be closed to trading activities on Monday, March 23, 2020.
The move is to make way for a massive fumigation exercise to disinfect the various markets in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the exercise being conducted jointly with the Greater Accra Markets Association is in line with the President’s directive on measures to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement dated Friday, March 20, 2020, and signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, the AMA indicated that several other public places will be affected by the exercise.
It however assured that the markets will be reopened the following day, Tuesday for normal business to proceed.
“The Assembly is urging all traders and shoppers to comply with the directive and properly store their wares to ensure the successful completion of the exercise,” the statement said.
“All are enjoined to frequently wash their hands with soap under running water for 20 seconds, use hand sanitizers and cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing,” the assembly counselled.
The country has so far recorded 16 positive cases of the pandemic and lost three citizens abroad to the disease.