Businesses have come to a halt in six Arua markets over failure to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures since the beginning of this week.
Among the six markets that were shut down by top district officials include three markets that were shut down at the very beginning of the week on Monday followed by the other two that were closed on Tuesday.
Among the markets that faced closure over defying the SOPs include Arivu in Arivu sub-county, Ajia in Ajia sub-county, Nyio and Ejupala both in Vurra sub-county and Kampala and Adraka in Logiri sub-county.
Despite the fact that the markets had been attracting customers and traders from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, Arua city, Zombo district, the observance of Standard Operating Procedures were still very poor increasing chances of contact of Covid-19.
Arua city Resident District Commission Festus Ayikobua went on to say that some traders even stealthy sneak into the district from other districts which further prompted them to shutdown the markets.
Similarly, LCV Chairperson Alfred Okuonzi says traders coming from other districts are standing in the way of the President’s directive aimed at curbing Covid-19 hence encouraging them to shutdown the markets.
The LCV went on to say that they will communicate to authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo so as to ensure that people coming from Congo are barred just like the President initially directed.
In line to this, the Community liason officer Arua City and district, Micah Avubieng said that security operators decided not only to close the markets but also the borders with neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Although this shall cost the City’s revenue earnings, the tenderer of Nyio produce and livestock market, Zubairi Animal said they had to take the hard decision due to the increasing threat posed by coronavirus disease.
Small markets will however stay open but with deployment of personnel to supervise the adherence to Standard Operating Procedures as ruled by the district’s Covid-19 taskforce and security team.