Traders at Serrekunda market photo: Shutterstock

The Gambia government says non-essential public places remained closed throughout the country despite relaxing coronavirus restrictions on market opening hours.  

“The Public Health (Dangerous Infectious Diseases) Protection Regulations 2020 remain effective and all non-essential public places remain temporarily closed. 

“In this order, non-essential public places include — bar and pubs; sit-in restaurants; cinemas and video clubs; gymnasia, night clubs and music lounges; group events at beaches; Casinos and gaming parlours; and sporting fields,” the government said in a statement.

“Similarly, the prohibition of public gatherings is still in effect and the following are prohibited: —public gatherings for events such as naming ceremonies, weddings and other social events; and (b) Children roaming the streets unaccompanied by an adult. Violation of this order. A person who violates this order commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of one thousand Dalasis.”

“All other Regulations on the compulsory wearing of facemasks, closure of air, sea and land borders of The Gambia and penalties for spreading false information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic also remain in place,” it added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba 

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