The number of days that markets are allowed to operate in the FCT were recently increased from two to three days in a week.
Accordingly, all markets will now be opened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8.00am to 3.00pm.
The new arrangement, which took effect from Monday, May 25, 2020, formed part of the resolution reached at the meeting held to deliberate on the second phase of the ease of lockdown guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 generally and as they affect the operations of markets in particular.
To this end, the following additional sections of the market will now open, namely building and construction materials, electrical items specifically for construction, agricultural inputs for farm activities such as sale of fertilizer, herbicides, seeds and agricultural implements.
The meeting which was chaired by the FCT minister, Mr Muhammad Bello, also resolved that neighbourhood selling points managed by the Abuja Markets Management Ltd which were restricted to selling only foodstuffs are to operate daily.
According to the renewed guideline, all new sections of the market to be re-opened as indicated above must ensure decontamination of their premises prior to commencement of business.
Market operators and customers must also observe already established protocols of handwashing, facial coverings and social distancing.
It noted that all other measures at curtailing COVID-19spread in the FCT as contained in the guidelines issued by the FCTA on May 2, 2020 still subsist.
A statement signed by the chief press secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, and made available to Pioneer Property, noted that the meeting came up with the guidelines which would guide the operations of markets in the FCT from Monday May 25, 2020.