All markets in Nakuru County will be de-congested as a way to avert public exposure to COVID-19.
The Nakuru County Multi-sectoral Committee on COVID-19 has taken the move after an early Monday visit by a team led by County Commissioner Erastus Mbui indicated that there was excessive congestion in various markets.
Addressing media in Nakuru, the Committee led by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui stated the congestion in the market remained a challenge as far war on Corona virus is concerned.
“The excessive congestion in our markets remains the weakest link in the fight against corona virus and as a committee we shall be redistributing the traders in various points such as Shabaab and Freearea” said Kinyanjui.
The County boss adding that the Muilti-sectoral committee will work with MCA and chiefs to ensure the same.
The relocation is expected to commence on Wednesday.
In addition, the Committee has abolished all Market Days which it says poses a challenge in the fight against Corona virus as many traders and customers congest the markets.
“We have abolished all market days to avert congestion in our markets such as Njoro and Kihingo” said Kinyanjui.
On the transport sector, the committee has noted that a section of matatu operators still not in compliance with the national government directive on capacity of passengers.
It is for this reason that the Committee has sounded a stern warning to Saccos that go against that they risk being de-registered.
Meanwhile in Nakuru town the vehicle boarding points will be redistributed with a team expected to identify areas on the same soon to avert congestion in the main matatu terminus.
Governor Kinyanjui once again calling on members of the public to help in breaking the cycle of the corona virus spread by ensuring hygiene as well as observing social distance.
“We all have a role to play and we call on all Kenyans, all resident of Nakuru to comply. We will also be revoking some of the laws to ensure that we keep ourselves safe” said Kinyanjui.
On his part County Commissioner Erastus Mbui reiterating that all bars will remain closed.
He called on bar owners to comply or be forced to do so.
Meanwhile, Bars and hotels selling alcohol to clients in hotel rooms are risking and according to County commissioner they risk their licenses being revoked.
The County Commissioner also stern warning to operators of the PlayStations/Video rooms that all the security team shall be moving around and arresting school children who visit such.