- The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has moved all the traders who sell outside the market circle to the Jubilee Park
- They are positioned in well-demarcated layouts which ensure strict adherence to social distancing
- The temporal market created at the Jubilee Park is a step in the right direction to reduce crowding
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Considering the coronavirus pandemic and the need to practice social distancing, the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has moved all the traders who sell outside the market to the Jubilee Park in Takoradi.
The move was necessitated because the Takoradi Market Circle is one of the busiest markets in the country where trading activities go on and noted for non-stop human traffic.
In a well-demarcated layout, the traders have been captured plying their trades in the temporary market created by the Assembly which ensures traders not sitting close to each other.
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In a photograph sighted by YEN.com.gh, clear demarcation was made with white paint to ensure that every trader was positioned in a particular spot.
The layout on the ground clearly demarcated where customers were supposed to stand and pass to buy their goods.
An ariel view of the park turned market is a clear indication of social distancing being adhered to in the market.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, warned several market leaders of closing down their markets if they do not adhere to the social distancing directive.
The Dome market in Accra was the first to be closed down after the traders went to the market doing business as usual without adhering to the social distancing directive.
Yesterday, April 7, 2020, the Kumasi Central Market was also closed down over the traders' non-adherence to the social distancing directive that has been advised.
Stakeholders of these closed down markets have however decided to put measures in place to ensure that their members adhere to the social distancing directive.
READ ALSO: COVID-19: Kumasi Market closed down; traders not practising social distancing
In other news, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Ankobea, has lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo, for the bold decisions to mitigate the fast-spreading COVID-19 in Ghana.
According to them, the lockdown, closure of our borders and some other things, particularly the incentive package that has given to health workers, is well appreciated.
He made this known, when they paid a visit to the president at the presidency today, April 7, 2020 on the occasion of World Health Day.
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