The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has directed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ahafo, Bono, and Bono East Regions to close down markets in their jurisdiction for a disinfection exercise.
The exercise would be undertaken in 43 markets in Ahafo Region, 125 markets in Bono Region and 78 markets in Bono East Region from March 30, 2020.
The move was in pursuant to the directives from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the Ministry to coordinate with the MMDAs to enhance the conditions of hygiene in markets across the country.
A statement signed by the Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama and copied to the Ghana News Agency said, a number of activities have been initiated including the disinfection of markets, public education and sensitisation of market women on COVID-19.
It urged the MMDAs to collaborate with market queens and leaders to undertake the exercise.
The statement said the markets would be opened on Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 for business.
It called on the Coordinating Councils of the three regions to coordinate and ensure compliance with the above directives by the MMDAs in the regions.
"The Ministry requests the cooperation of the public, especially our traders and all persons conducting businesses in the markets, in all this all-important exercise."