Government will effectively next week close 58 arcades that have refused to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kampala.
While speaking to the press on Friday, Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi said that at least 58 arcades in the city will be closed down in the next seven days as government moves to reinstate lock down measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“We have noticed that the arcades we opened are now violating SOPs, as a result, 58 arcades will be closed for failure to adhere to sops in the light of COVID pandemic. We have given them seven days to comply or risk closure,” Amongi said.
According to government, after its inspection, the arcades still had weak areas to rectify so as to conform to the Standards that they were not observing social distance/overcrowding, no functional toilets, obstruction in corridors and poor ventilation.
Amongi said arcade owners have been made aware and asked to help turn around to compliance.
Among arcades that will be closed include; Mini Price, Vienna Business Centre, Naiga Chambers, Masaka Jubilee, Afro Complex, Sena Arcade, SB Plaza, and King Fahad.
Others are Sun City, Lucky Complex, Nabukeera, Quallicell, Zainab Aziza, Majestic, Namaganda, Energy Centre and Nasser road printers.