UPDATE: CURFEW ENCOURAGES QUALITY FAMILY TIME IN RURAL GAMBIA.
I have been assessing the impacts of the State of Public Emergency Regulations and the nightly curfew here in URR:
1. Many families especially women are happy that the curfew is keeping their men home at night. They now have quality family time together. They would suppprt an extension of curfew.
2. Farmers want exemptions to watch over their crops against nightly invasions by wild animals and crop thieves. Similarly concern is raised by cattle and livestock herders.
3. Mandatory COVID-19 testing similar to mandatory mask-wearing is supported here.
4. They want the borders to remain closed for now looking at the impending Magal Touba with massive direct or indirect cross-border mobility with high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu,
Focal Person for Strategic Communication and External Public Relations,
The Gambia National COVID-19 Response Coordination Secretariat.
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