The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has banned trading activities at the inner and outer perimeters of the Takoradi Market Circle, popularly known as ‘Gate Akyir’, effective today April 1, 2020.
All trading activities will be relocated to the Takoradi Jubilee Park as part of measures to sanitise the city. These measures are also to help traders observe social distancing too, as some parts of the country have been hit with COVID-19 cases.
“For Sekondi Market, during the Tuesday market day all second-hand clothes and shoe dealers will be relocated to Ekuasi Park until further notice. Other traders selling within the median from Commercial Bank to Star Night will be relocated to the park close to the Independence Circle ‘Enamasi’,” said a statement from the assembly, signed by the Public Relations Officer, John Analatei Laste, after a meeting with leadership of the various transport unions and market queens.
“Thus, no one will be allowed to sell or display goods within the median; and other traders selling outside the market will be directed to observe the social distance protocol,” the statement said.
According to the statement, taxis operating within the jurisdiction of SMTA and Effia Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) will take three passengers instead of four. Commercial vehicles taking four or five passengers on a row shall not take more than three passengers on a row.
“And, till any further directives from the national level, the fares will remain as being charged presently. Passengers are to as much as possible reduce the rate of talking while in commercial vehicles, wash and/or sanitise their hands before boarding and after alighting,” the statement said.
The statement added that “passengers are advised to report or insist on the above seating directives in case a driver or driver’s mate decides otherwise”.