Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has ordered an immediate shutdown of the largest Kongowea market in Mombasa.
The market is the host of vast business in both wholesale and retail.
Located at the Kengeleni area along the Mombasa-Malindi highway, Kongowea market serves the East Africa region with cereals brought from as far as Ethiopia Rwanda and Burundi.
In an emergency response on COVID-19 Committee meeting on Thursday, the committee agreed to completely shut the wholesale section of the Kongowea market for the next 30 days and redirect the wholesalers to satellite open air markets within the county.
“Though the move may affect the traders and the county dwellers, it is for our own good,” said Governor Joho during the meeting.
The committee has also suspended Congregational prayer gatherings for the next 14 days including churches, mosques and temples.
The closure of bars, playgrounds, gyms, movie theaters, liquor dens, playstations video cafes and massage palours also remain effective.
The committee has also cautioned hair salons and barber shop owners to maintain high standards of hygiene and use appropriate protective gears including gloves, masks and always ensure not more than five people congregate at the premises at any given time.
[Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. Photo/GPS].
“It is a must for hand sanitisers to be provided in all places where money is handled including M-pesa outlets and Automated Tailor Machines (ATMs),” noted the county Chief.
The committee also reiterated that hand sanitisers and washing facility should be provided at the entrances of all commercial buildings.
Bus companies have been as well ordered to disinfect all buses after every trip and provide thermo guns for screening of all passengers before boarding.
Hospital administrations within in the county have been restricted to one visitor per patient per day and locals ordered to minimize visits to all public offices.