According to a press statement released by the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs Hon. Hajat Minsa Kabanda, they have today morning closed two arcades after the owners blocked their inspection ahead of planned reopening as directed by President Museveni on 30th July.
President Museveni directed that arcades should be inspected before reopening following the 42-day lockdown implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“We have this morning closed Gaza Land and Corner arcade for denying access to the inspection team. We are continuing the enforcement exercise and shall not hesitate to prosecute anyone continuing to put people’s lives in danger.” The statement reads in part.
Kabanda further revealed that a total of 146 of 178 arcades have been inspected of which 76 have been recommended for reopening. The statement also indicates that 70 arcades which do not meet the minimum requirements for reopening have been advised to put the SOPs in place and invite the inspection teams again.
Among other requirements, arcade owners have been tasked to clear corridors, install CCTV cameras, use PPEs and sanitizers, register all tenants, observe proper hygiene and sanitation etc.
The Public Health team at KCCA is closely working with security organs to enforce the closure of all arcades that fail to meet the minimum requirements to operate during such times of the pandemic.