On Friday, President Granger declared a mandatory one-month lockdown of the nation, in response to the growing number of local cases of the novel coronavirus. The order put severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods through the nation in hopes of stemming the virus’ spread. Concurrently, the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown passed their own set of restrictions. A part of the restrictions was the closure of the capital city’s food markets. As previously reported, the decision has elicited mixed views. Nevertheless, Georgetown’s Mayor Pandit Ubraj Narine explained that the markets were closed to facilitate a full-scale sanitization effort.\
All of the city’s food markets will all be up and running by the week’s end. However, in an effort to encourage social distancing and to limit crowds, only vendors of “essential items” will be allowed to ply their trade.