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Covid-19: supermarkets open between 8am and 4pm

Supermarkets and other shops selling food will only be allowed to operate between 8am and 4pm during the state of emergency in Angola due to the covid-19, according to a decree of the Ministry of Commerce.

: Dean Hutton
Dean Hutton  

The country declared a state of emergency due to the covid-19 pandemic for a period of 15 days, extendable from midnight last Friday until 11:59pm on 11 April, imposing restrictions on the movement of people and the opening of shops and restaurants.

According to the law, to which Lusa had access, establishments selling essential goods and services to the population, wholesalers or retailers will have a single opening hours at 8am and closing at 4pm.

With regard to market and individual street trading, only food, hygiene products, cleaning and cosmetics and cooking gas may be sold, respecting a minimum distance of one meter between seller and buyer.

Informal street markets involving concentration of people are forbidden and those allowed to operate between 6am and 1pm.

In the event of non-compliance with the established rules and "indications of a high risk of Community contamination", the authorities may compel the closure of markets and suspend street sales.

Several markets in Luanda and the rest of the country have been forced to close in recent days for failure to comply with sanitary measures.

The law also states that all commercial establishments are obliged to "ensure the necessary conditions of hygiene and health that guarantee the safety and health of workers", namely to have 70 percent alcohol or alcohol gel at the entrance, establish a limit for customers, prohibit entry and exit from work in uniform, recommend hand washing every two hours, obligatory gloves for employees involved in distribution, limit the number of deliveries or establish teleworking regimes.


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