Amelia: restaurants, supermarkets, arcades & shops still open

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The minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde has said government is looking into concerns of private sector and seeking measures amid coronavirus outbreak.

Payment for Utilities e.g. water that support the implementation of Public Health Measures: Government is concerned about the increase cost especially water and is considering the review of the rates and supply system.

“I, therefore, urge the business community to continue providing protective gears,” she told media on Thursday.

On supply of sanitizers and other protective gears, Amelia said all manufacturers of sanitizers are urged to ensure that their products are certified with UNBS.

Amelia directed UNBS to fast-track the testing and Certification of these products.

“Manufacturers should apply on-line and UNBS will pick samples from their premises. It will take a maximum of seven days.”

All industries must be de-congested through allowing their workers to work in shifts.

Periodical markets, whether weekly or otherwise, are henceforth suspended.

Local Authorities led by the RDC and a team comprising of DISOs, DCOs and DPCs and Chairmen LCV are asked to ensure that this suspension is observed.

The exception is for those selling fresh food stuff, which must also observe the public health guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health, and have access control to ensure that everybody accessing them washes their hands and sanitizes.

To scale down the number of people in the markets and only allow those trading in food such as bananas, poultry, and meat.

Trading in non-food products has been suspended in the markets. Selling of Cooked food on the streets is also suspended.

Otherwise, Restaurants, supermarkets, arcades, boutiques and other shops outside food markets remain functional but must observe the Guidelines in place.

There has been a misconception of H.E’s Directives in some areas which I would like to rectify.

Distribution channels of foods and beverages be allowed to continue operating so long as people do not converge

Shops which are not within food markets should not be closed. Except lock ups, Depots/ stockiest stores and distribution chains of alcohol remain operational and Salons, operational under guidelines.

Vehicles intercepted with several passengers should be given a pass by the enforcement officers to return to the point of origin.

They should not disembark from the point of interception to avoid mixing with the communities therein.

“Enforcement team’s e.g. LDUs, Police should refrain from beating people. Please explain to them through the community radio towers in the local language.”

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