Gambia Revises Economically-Crippling Emergency Regulations

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The Gambia has revised its economically-crippling emergency regulations that shutdown non-essential businesses and closed down markets just past mid-day.

The revision, effective Thursday, will allow businesspeople dealing in food products

in any market to open for business only between 6am and 2pm each day, while those trading non-food products shall open for business only between 3pm and 7pm daily.

All non-food retail outlets located outside of markets throughout The Gambia, shall only be opened to the public between 6 and 3pm, government spokesman Ebrima G. Sankareh said in a statement Wednesday.

But the regulation remains that all markets throughout The Gambia remain closed on Sundays for routine cleansing and fumigation. “The closures do not affect food vendors or shops outside the markets,” according to Sankareh.

The Gambia government said this new amendment to the emergency regulations will ease the burden on a cross section of the business community following their total closure last week.

The country is currently enforcing a curfew between 10pm and 5am.

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