All agricultural markets in the Shida Kartli region and two in Samegrelo (Georgia) are closed


All agricultural markets in the Shida Kartli region and two in Samegrelo (Georgia) are closed

04/06/2020

A number of markets were closed due to non-compliance with the requirements established under the general quarantine declared in Georgia

In order to minimize the risks of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Shida Kartli (Eastern Georgia), all 6 agricultural markets of the region were temporarily closed on April 4, including 2 in the city of Gori. The decision was made at a meeting of the special regional headquarters, headed by Georgy Khodzhevanishvili, the state commissioner in the Shida Kartli region.

“Given the high risks, the headquarters decided to temporarily suspend the agricultural markets of the region. This will further reduce the population movement in the municipalities, which, in turn, will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ”said Georgy Khodzhevanishvili.

Along with this, from April 6, two agricultural markets in the Samegrelo region – Zemo Svaneti – in the cities of Zugdidi and Senaki were temporarily closed. The special regional headquarters, headed by the State Commissioner in Samegrelo – Zemo Svaneti, Alexander Mozarelii, made this decision in connection with the non-compliance with the requirements specified in the general quarantine declared in Georgia in these markets. At the same time, the closure of the market in Senaki was announced in advance, two days in advance, and of Zugdidsky in the morning of April 6.

A few days earlier, Alexander Motserelia, following the results of inspections of the agricultural markets of the region, reported violations of sanitary standards and social distance in the markets of the cities of Senaki, Zugdidi and Poti, market administrations were given recommendations to correct shortcomings as soon as possible

“There was a definite decision regarding the Senaki market, there was such a situation that its non-closure would already be our crime. Some measures were taken at the Zugdidi market, but the day before there were violations again, and we were forced to close it, ”explained Zemo Svaneti, the state commissioner in the Samegrelo region.

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As for the market in Poti, according to Alexander Mozereliy, today the situation on its territory is satisfactory, and therefore it will continue to work.

“On the territory of the Poti market, there is one large supermarket and one indoor facility where various products are sold. The Poti market is relatively far from the villages, and there are not as numerous as in Zugdidi and Senaki. In addition, measures taken by the administration and market traders, representatives of the National Food Agency and the Ministry of Health were rated as satisfactory. This also applies to maintaining distance, and handling cash, etc. They try to implement all the recommendations. Therefore, this market will continue to work, ”said Mozerelia. At the same time, as Alexander Mozerelia emphasized, constant monitoring of compliance with established requirements on the market will continue.

Due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus from March 21, a state of emergency has been declared throughout Georgia for a period of 1 month, and since March 31, a general quarantine has been declared for a period of emergency. This regime provides for a number of restrictions regarding the movement of the population, transport, the work of organizations, various facilities, etc. Grocery stores and agricultural markets are allowed to operate normally (except during curfews). But at the same time, the sanitary and hygienic requirements for these facilities have been tightened, in addition, they are subject to a general restriction on the number of people who can be in a confined space at the same time, and a mandatory social distance of 2 meters. The National Food Agency specifically acquainted with the toughened requirements of business operators of the country’s agricultural markets. “It was explained to business operators that in order to prevent the spread of the virus, it is important to increase the frequency of washing and disinfection at facilities. Compliance with hygiene standards is mandatory, in particular: personnel should have disposable hats, medical masks and gloves; staff health should be monitored; during processing, transportation, storage and sale of products, the temperature regime must be observed, ”the Agency said.

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