Market shoppers and vendors urged to stick to COVID-19 guidelines

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    Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein is urging shoppers and vendors to adhere to guidelines when conducting business at the markets and abattoirs.

    This appeal comes after the Arima Market was shut down over the weekend after a vendor displayed flu-like symptoms.

    Mr Hosein says these facilities are crucial and must be preserved – as such, he says persons must follow the law as it “relates to proper hygiene and sanitation particularly in light of the present public health challenge.”

    According to the Minister, additional Municipal Police Officers have been deployed to assist in crowd control and adherence to recent public health ordinances.

    All Municipal Corporations have also scheduled more frequent police patrols and have enforced stern requirements for entry into markets and abattoirs.

    Increased sanitation measures have been implemented as well to ensure regular sanitization of public spaces and social distancing.

    Food handlers are urged to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before and after handling food and money, and especially after being in a public place where they may have been exposed to persons coughing or sneezing.

    Any food handler who is unwell is strongly advised to stay at home and contact the relevant authorities.

    All persons are advised to adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Stay 2 metres (6 feet away) from persons at all times
    • Wash your hands with soap immediately upon returning home and change into clean clothing
    • Purchase required items quickly and exit the premises as loitering will not be tolerated