Markets of Turkmenistan closed due to COVID-19 to open on December 15

Members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET) must ensure the opening of bazaars and shopping centers on December 15. This is stated in a letter sent to members of the UIET signed by the head of the department B. Agayev , Turkmen news reported on November 15.

The document says that the decision to open the bazaars, which did not work throughout the fall, was made at a meeting on November 8. From December 15, all markets and shopping centers in the country should resume work in full, but it is necessary to ensure strict compliance with the anti-epidemic sanitary rules approved by the Emergency Commission to Combat the Spread of Disease.

In particular, sellers and buyers must wear masks, dress for the season and keep their distance. Hand sanitizers should be available in retail outlets.

It is also said that entrepreneurs are required to fully pay salaries to employees. Debts must be liquidated by the end of the year.

Almost all establishments, banquet halls, markets, beauty salons and car washes were closed in Ashgabat at the end of summer. Despite the prohibitions, the sellers who were left without earnings organized illegal trade from cars, their apartments or from rented storage facilities in open grocery stores.

During a meeting on November 4, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov instructed government members to provide the population with food at affordable prices before celebrating the Day of Neutrality and the New Year.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan