The President directed that 113 of the 171 inspected arcades should be re-opened for business having met the COVID-19 SOPs.
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has issued certificates to 113 arcades to resume operations in response to President Museveni’s directive to have them allowed to re-operate.
During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni ordered for the reopening of arcades but only those that are in a position to observe the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a way of fighting the spread of the coronavirus.
The President directed that 113 of the 171 inspected arcades should be re-opened for business having met the COVID-19 SOPs while the remaining 58 are yet to fulfil the SOPs.
In an effort by Government to ease the lockdown measures to allow the resumption of normal business operations within Kampala City, a Public Health Inspectorate team was constituted to carry out the inspection of over 200 arcades within the City to assess the level of compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) approved by the Ministry of Health in consultation with the key stakeholders.
The arcades that have complied with the SOPs and permitted to reopen have been issued with a Certificate of Suitability while those under the improvement category shall be expeditiously re-inspected before reopening.
Arcades that fail to strictly sustain the SOPs shall be forced to close in the process to curb the spread of COVID-19,” a statement from KCCA read.
Meanwhile, as the Country continues to ease its lockdown measures, KCCA advises the general public to maintain safety guidelines including observing social distancing and other enhanced hygiene practices.
The Minister for Trade, Amelia Kyambadde yesterday re-emphasized that government will not open arcades that have deliberately failed to be compliant with the necessary health guidelines to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Minister said that besides the SOPs, the arcades must satisfy structural requirements which include among others; Availability of screening points, entry and exits points’ plan, availability of CCTV cameras, an isolation room, and visible posters on use of masks and social distancing.
She said that they must also have all shop owners and attendants registered and must provide proof of proper waste management for both liquid and solid waste.
Relatively, the arcades must indicate social distancing labels, strings, and tape to control human traffic.
“Non-complaint arcades shall be re-inspected and if found fit, they will be opened, none complaint arcades will remain closed indefinitely,” she said.