Supermarkets, malls and hardware shops in Eldoret town have started to implement the government’s directive that shoppers wear facemasks before entry into the business premises in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday shoppers used to walking in and out of the supermarkets and malls at will were shocked on Wednesday when those without the facemasks were turned away or forced to acquire one at a fee at the entrances.
A spot-check by KNA in some of the supermarkets, malls, and hardware shops showed increased surveillance of shoppers entering the premises following the announcement of the first Coronavirus case in Uasin Gishu County on Wednesday by the ministry of health.
Hawk-eyed security guards ensured all the shoppers washed their hands in running water and soap strategically placed at the entrances as well as ensuring the customers adorned facemasks.
Some of the business management also enforced the use of sanitisers and ensured the customers respected social distancing, as per the ministry of health guidelines.
Some of the managers who talked to KNA said they will not allow any customers to enter their business premises without the facemasks or washing their hands as part of their contribution in the fight against the contagious disease.
“Shoppers should not feel inconvenienced by these measures because we are only enforcing to protect them and other customers as well as our employees,” he added.
By Kiptanui Cherono