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Ministry of Trade suspends all fresh market produce operations due to spike in COVID-19 cases

The Ministry of Trade has suspended all market operations following an increase in Covid-19 cases in Dominica.

According to a release from the ministry, the decision to close all markets is another precautionary measure which was recommended and accepted by the Cabinet.

It says Cabinet is very careful about decisions which it takes especially those which have a negative impact on the livelihood of citizens and their free movement.

“But we will all agree that we are dealing with a serious unprecedented challenge and such actions with or without notice must be taken.  This virus is a moving target,” it says.

The release says the more opportunities taken to reduce the spread of the virus will result in the longterm well-being of all.

While the closure of markets will affect people, the spread of the virus would be worst, the trade minister notes.

He says health officials have requested such a measure to give them a better opportunity to arrest the situation.

Meantime, the minister for trade gave an update on his statement on Kairi’s Heng this morning.  He says farmers who have already prepared their produce have until noon today to sell at the market.

Mr. Douglas says all the necessary precuations must be taken in an effort to curb the spread of the virus among the population.  He says if vendors do not cooperate the market will be shutdown completely.



Minister for Trade, Ian Douglas

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