Economy

Informal markets; a source of concern

The Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) said informal trading places remain a source of major concern in the wake of the new COVID variant as traders were unable to “completely refrain from selling their produce because they live on a hand-to-mouth basis.”

Program Officer Jane Zulu said this was despite collaborated sensitisation campaigns with the Lusaka City Council (LCC).

She said: “We therefore urge the Lusaka City Council and the Police and Market leaders to be on the ground in the informal markets to ensure that the preventative guidelines are observed.”

Consumers were also urged to remain vigilant as they conduct their shopping in the market places, as they have been listed among the super spreaders of the COVID variant.

Ms. Zulu emphasized the need to continue following the guidelines in the fight against the pandemic.

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