The Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has said that non compliant arcades that were not permitted by President Museveni to reopen over failure to meet Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be reinspected.
Museveni on June 22, 2020, ordered the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde, Kampala Minister Betty Amongi and Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng to work out SOPs that would facilitate the reopening of arcades which were closed in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The public inspection team of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, presidential advisor on epidemics Prof Monica Musenero and Police on June 26 established a technical committee to develop SOPs that would facilitate safe reopening of arcades.
The developed SOPs included availability of water, waste management, toilets, social distancing, wearing of face masks, availability of screening areas, temperature guns among others.
The technical team together with police, landlords and tenants representatives on July 8, 2020, started carrying out inspection to assess the level of compliance for the developed SOPs.
Addressing the nation at State House Nakasero on Tuesday night, President Museveni permitted 110 out of the estimated 230 arcades in Kampala to reopen for complying with SOPs developed by the technical committee.
Speaking to reporters at Uganda Media Center on Wednesday, the Minister of Trade Industry, and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde said that arcades that did not meet the requirements will be reopened after inspection but remain closed for now.
“Inspection of the implementation status of the agreed SOPs in arcades commenced on July 8, 2020 and as of July 21, 2020, 171 arcades had been inspected; 113 found compliant and 58 arcades non compliant. Non compliant arcades shall be re-inspected and if found fit, they will be opened. No compliant arcades will remain closed indefinitely,” said Kyambadde.
The arcades that have been allowed to reopen must have temperature guns, enough toilets, everybody wearing a face mask, no air conditioning, all customers must be registered (name, phone and National ID), no traders on roadsides, no traders on verandas, hand washing points and social distancing among others.