The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly has closed down the Ashaiman Central market and the Mandela market temporarily after the area had been identified as one of the hotspots of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The assembly said the decision had become necessary becsuse the municipality is densely populated and attempts to control daily activities in the markets proved futile.
This comes after concerns raised about total disregard of social distancing and other protocols amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement signed by the MCE, Mr. Albert Okyere said the decision to close down the markets was unanimously agreed at an emergency with the Ashaiman Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) Saturday, 10th April, 2020.
Additionally, attempts by the market executives to regulate the number of market women selling in the markets on daily basis have also failed.the statement said.
According to him “The high population in the market therefore puts everybody at risk.”
However, the assembly has also set up seven (7) satellite markets at vantage points within the municipality to stem the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) virus in the country.