By ROBERT KAMUKAMA
KAMPALA, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA| Despite the surge in Covid-19 cases, government has opened the livestock markets ahead of the festive season.
President Museveni closed all livestock markets in March to control on the spread of Covid-19.
The State Minister for Animal Industry Bright Rwamirama told journalists at the Uganda Media Center on Wednesday that government has allowed the livestock markets to reopen and issued the guidelines that will be strictly adhered to.
According to Rwamirama, the markets have been opened but under very strict guidelines which are supposed to be followed by both the animal sellers and the buyers.
Some of the guidelines include no cattle market in districts under any form of animal quarantine will open until the commissioner animal health lifts the quarantine, animals sellers must be allocated space of at least 2 meters from one another.
Others are; only animal buyers, sellers, drivers, market dues collectors, animal handlers and veterinary inspectors will be allowed in the markets and no other vendors.
All livestock markets are supposed to have an isolation paddock for all animals suspected to be sick and the markets will operate from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm to allow the animals to move before curfew time.