Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar says the Ministry is concerned that some market vendors still did not know the correct way of wearing face masks.
Kumar says market vendors should cover their faces properly with the face masks and not use them as a mouthguard.
A Nausori market vendor has tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
Kumar says the safety of the markets around all municipalities depends on the staff and the vendors operating in it.
She further says market vendors are also vulnerable as they come in contact with other Fijians daily from all walks of life and it is imperative they stay protected and for the safety of others around them.
Kumar says market vendors also have a responsibility towards ensuring that COVID-19 safety measures are put to action for the safety of themselves and the public at large.
She further adds it’s important that vendors should refuse to sell their produce to anyone not wearing the mask or if the mask does not cover the nose as well.
Kumar says similarly consumers should refuse to buy from a vendor who is using the mask as a mouth guard or on their forehead or below the chin.
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