Market leaders in Anambra State have threatened to close any market in the state that refused to comply with the directives on measures to prevent further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
President General, Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders’ Association (ASMATA) Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday titled “Directive from the State Government” and copied market chairmen and secretaries.
He said all markets must as a matter of urgency provide hand washing centres with water, soap and sanitizes placed centrally for all to use.
He said, “All lines in the markets must immediately place water, soap and sanitizes at the entrance of their lines and must encourage every customer to use same before entering the line.
“Every shop in all the markets must provide buckets of water and soap with sanitizes and must encourage customers to use them.
“Your phone is something you use most often. Please, endeavour to cleanse it with mild sanitizes like baby wipe.
“Non-compliance to this directive will lead to the closure of the defaulting markets,” Ekwegbalu said, hinting that the state government had contemplated total closure of the markets, but had to resconsider the decision following appeal by the market leadership.
The Anambra State government recently approved stringent measures to tackle Covid-19 spread.
A document from Anambra Government House, Awka made available to newsmen banned public gatherings and discouraged hugs and handshakes in the state.
According to the document, “All public gathering is banned from 23rd March 2020 until further notice. Traders and Ndi Anambra who go to the markets should wash their hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and allow them to air dry.
The use of hand sanitizers is strongly recommended if the hands are not visibly dirty while handshaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation are strongly discouraged.”