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Posted On: 14 January 2021 08:47 pm
Updated On: 14 January 2021 08:49 pm

MoPH permits auctions to resume in Al Sailiya Central Market with COVID-19 precautionary measures

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The Ministry of Public Health decided to allow auctions to resume in Al Sailiya Central Market with the implementation of necessary precautionary measures, as reported in Al Sharq Newspaper.

"Local auctions are an essential part of the added value of local products because they support them by providing safe distribution outlets for local producers," said Dr. Muhammad Ali Al-Hajjaj, head of the Occupational Health Department at the Ministry of Health, during a video posted on the social media channels of the Ministry of Public Health.

He added: The auctions will be allowed to resume in accordance with the following precautionary measures:

  • Determine the capacity at 50% for the spaces of the shops, as well as for the merchants and workers in these yards.
  • Checking employees periodically, and making sure all employees and workers are wearing masks and gloves.
  • Maintaining a distance of one and a half meters as a minimum for the physical distance between those present in the market at all times.
  • Checking the temperature regularly for workers and merchants visiting these auctions and ensuring the presence of a green status in Ehteraz to apply precaution at the entrances in addition to ensuring the use of sterilizers and their distribution in the sales yards.

Al-Hajjaj added: The following additional measures are also applied to ensure the safety of workers and merchants in the sales yard, including allocating different times for private auctions and local products or direct selling to the importer, greatly reducing the number of farmers, merchants and employees present in the yard, and setting up physical barriers between registration employees and merchants.

The Ministry of Health urged traders and farmers to adhere to the precautionary measures to support the government's efforts to continue operating the remaining auctions in the wholesale markets in general, and it is important to remember that Covid 19 is present despite the low number of cases.

Source: Al Sharq

Cover image: Ministry of Public Health