The Kwahu West Municipal Assembly Public Health Emergency Committee has ordered the closure of more than 100 stores in the Nkawkaw Central Market for failing to observe the social distancing protocol.
The storekeepers were accused of allowing traders to sell items like fish, vegetables and other foodstuffs in front of their stores, which turned the area into a mini-market defying the social distancing protocol required to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Yaw Owusu-Addo disclosed this when he led a team from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to observe programmes put in place by the Assembly to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Municipality.
He explained that all advice given to the storekeepers failed, and the Assembly had no option than to order the closure of the stores since last Thursday. Mr. Owusu-Addo also led the team to the Nkawkaw Central Market and a satellite market which were provided by the Assembly for other traders and those selling on the street to avoid congestion.
He urged the traders to cooperate with the Assembly and move to the satellite market provided by the Assembly to avoid contracting the coronavirus. The Financial Controller at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, David Annan Boney, commended the Assembly for the effective measures put in place to control the spread of the disease and advised the people and the market women to masks to avoid contracting the disease.