The streets of Serrekunda were deserted as early as 7pm hours before the start of the first night of nationwide curfews. 

Few number of people could be seen around the Serrekunda market which used to be buzzling with commuters and traders. 

They were rushing home to comply with the new stringent curfew put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus which is on the increase in the last week. The curfew is from 10 pm to 5am.

Shop owners dealing in non-essential goods within and around the market were ordered by security personnel to shut down at 2pm.

Many Gambians especially the younger generation are not used to curfew – but they only tested similar law imposed by former President Yahya Jammeh during the 2016 political impasse.

The country is expected to be in curfew for the next 21 days so health authorities could get a grip on the pandemic and flatten the curve. 

By Adama Makasuba

One Comment

  1. Non Essentials is not allowed to open and markets should be closed at 2.
    Better check your facts

    4. All non-food outlets in all markets throughout The Gambia shall remain closed. Exemptions are granted to banks and financial institutions, pharmacies, drug stores, supermarkets and mini markets, local corner shops and essential food traders. The markets shall be opened between 6am and 2pm daily;

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