Sulaimani issues new guidelines for markets, bakeries during resumed curfew

A man walks near Sulaimani's main bazaar on April 2, 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown (NRT Digital Media/Winthrop Rodgers)

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SULAIMANI — Officials in Sulaimani released new instructions on Monday (April 6) on how business should be conducted in the governorate during the resumed curfew, warning shopkeepers and business owners that they will be prosecuted if they violated public health ordinances designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

At the governorate’s bakeries, all staff must wear masks and gloves and sanitize the premises. The employee responsible for receiving money should not touch the bread or dough and all the bakeries should use paper bags instead of plastic and must not use baking soda in any way.

Additionally, no one except employees should be allowed to enter the bakeries and the space between the people must not be less than two meters.

Markets are allowed to open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the condition that they implement all public health instructions, including sanitizing, using masks and gloves, providing sanitizing gel for the customers, not allowing anyone to enter the premises without gloves, and preventing overcrowded situations from developing. Additionally, bringing children into the markets is prohibited.

All pharmacies will be allowed to reopen and pharmacists will be allowed to travel under certain conditions and instructions. Only employees will be allowed to enter the actual premises and medicines will be dispensed through a small window, while pharmacists will have to clean their hands after receiving money and doctors’ notes.

The warehouses where medicines are kept will only be open on Mondays and Thursdays between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Butchers will not be able to slaughter any animals within Sulaimani and only the butcher shops in the neighborhoods will be allowed to work, as long as they have a health license. Meat should not be hung outside the shops and no product should remain on sale for more than 72 hours. Employees must sanitize the shops three times a day and prevent customers from entering the premises.

Companies that deliver sanitizing substances and foods to the markets will be authorized to be on the roads from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(NRT Digital Media)