More than 40 arcades in Kampala have fulfilled all the required Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to enable them reopen and resume business amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.
This has been reached in the ongoing meeting at the Office of the Prime Prime Minister between the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Security and the representatives of arcades, landlords and the City Traders’ Associations.
During his 15th to the nation on COVID-19, the President directed ministers responsible for Trade, Health and Kampala to develop Standard Operating Procedures for re-opening of the arcades and conduct a re-opening trial for those that have complied and report back to Cabinet.
As such, the three Ministers established a technical committee Chaired by the Resident City Commissioner and comprising Presidential advisor on Pandemic, representatives from the Directorate of Public Health and Environment under KCCA, technical officers from the Ministry of Trade, representatives of arcades, landlords and the City Traders’ Associations.
The Committee formulated the guidelines to be followed for the pilot re-opening of arcades in the Central Business District, which were submitted and adopted by the Ministry of Health before sharing them with landlords and the leadership of city traders’ associations to guide them on what to be done and have their buildings reopened.
According to Amongi Betty Ongom, the Minister of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, “by July 10, the KCCA inspection teams had conducted inspections of 77 arcades at the invitation of the ready Landlords in the city of which over 40 have met the criteria set in the SOPs and these are ready for opening.”
Some of the arcades which have fulfilled the requirements according to sources include Mukwano Arcade, Mordern Shoplex, Grand Corner Plaza, Arua Park Plaza, Arua Park Annex, Magoba Shopping, Mega Plaza, Sekaziga House, Teddy’s plaza, Prism, E-Tower, Kampala Plaza, Eagle Plaza, Royal Plaza, Hanifa Towers, Yamaha Centre, Zai Plaza, Jjemba plaza and Kiseka Auto Centre.
Others are Apple plaza, Gagawala, Shamba complex, Shauliyako Original, Dembe arcade, Sky Shopping arcade, Trusted arcade, Byamugisha, KK Trust, Ham Shopping ground, Zebra House, Galiraya, Discovery Plaza, E-M Plaza, Light arcade, Bulamu Bwebugagga, Nabugabo Business Centre, Kabala Shopping arcade, Avema shopping centre, Ssembatya arcade and Ploy 15 A and B.
Gadith House, Vinco Arcade, Kisa Kya, Nambusi arcade, Capital Centre Angels arcade and The Arcade have also met the set criteria in SOPs.
Minister Amongi says the inspections are still ongoing for the remaining arcades.
The meeting that is ongoing is discussing the report from the inspection team to guide the re-opening process as well as receiving guidance from the COVID-19 National Task Force on the re-opening of the arcades.