Tororo District Authorities close over 20 shops Operating against COVID-19 SOPs

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TORORO– Days after the presidential address on Sunday, the Tororo District being among the hotspot areas in Uganda being on an international border, the District Deputy Resident District Commissioner Yahaya Were has closed several businesses for failure to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

Tororo being on Ugandan Malaba border with Kenya and the residents enjoying life normally has poses a great danger to the community especially during this second wave of infection that seems more deadly than the previous one.

The increment in COVID-19 cases has since forced the Deputy Resident District commtissioner Mr Yahaya Were together with the acting district police commander Kasim Matovu to move across the Municipality checking on the business community’s adherence to the set COVID-19 guidelines.

The twenty seven shops that were closed are those they found without hand washing facilities and mobile money agents who never had sanitizers.

According to the acting Tororo District Police Commander Kasim Matovu, the operation is intended to awaken citizens over the alarming second wave of coronavirus that has claimed lives of citizens already across the world.

Matovu now calls upon the public and business Community to take a centre stage in working together with the District taskforce in ensuring total observance to the Ministry’s Standard Operating Procedures SOPs in saving the lives of Ugandans.

Mr Yahaya on the other hand wants community participation and cooperation in closely working with security teams, health workers and development partners in sensitising the community about the dangers of this scourge.

He wants the mass media to join the campaign especially the local radios to sensitize the masses as well as Village Health Teams (VHTs) to reach out door to door spreading the message on precautionary measures of safeguarding against COVID-19 pandemic.