The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has closed down the Kumasi Central Market after traders refused to observe the social distancing protocol as advised in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released by the Assembly on Monday, April 6, 2020, the mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi announced that the total lockdown of the market takes effect from today, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
“By this release, we wish to inform the general public, that the Kumasi Central Market shall be closed on Tuesday, 7th April 2020 to enable the leadership to reorganize into groups as agreed,” portions of the statement copied to ABC News read.
This decision was made after an emergency meeting was held between the Kumasi Metropolitan Security Council (METSEC) and committee members of the market as well as leaders of the traders association in the market.
According to the Mayor, the decision had become necessary because “traders of the Kumasi Central Market are blatantly disregarding the World Health Organizations’s social distancing protocol in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.”
The Assembly further warned that “trade along the margins of the centre of the road at the Central Market and the Central Business District are prohibited.”
The statement further indicated that “the leadership of the traders are to meet and set the modalities for the rotation of the various groups and update the Kumasi Metropolitan Security Council on same,”