The restriction on the movement of people between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. went into effect Thursday evening, with streets in urban areas appearing deserted two hours before it went into effect. It will last twenty-one days from August 6.
Traffic was fluid and pedestrian movement sparse, as many responded to police calls to stay home during curfew hours. All land, sea and air traffic also remain closed.
The country currently has 799 cases, including 16 deaths and 115 recoveries.
The Gambian police have announced that they are launching Operation “Save our Souls (SoS)” in accordance with the application of the 2020 Regulation on the protection of public health (dangerous and infectious diseases) as part of a national campaign to to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19.
Police have been empowered to ensure that all non-food outlets in The Gambia markets remain closed except banks and financial institutions, pharmacies, supermarkets and mini markets, local traders and essential food traders.
Under the new restrictions, markets will open between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily, but will be closed on Sundays.
Gatherings inside mosques and churches are banned under new restrictions that also make it mandatory to wear a face mask in public places that are allowed to operate.
Due to the increasing rate of infections seen in The Gambia, the Vice President and three other Cabinet ministers tested positive for the virus, while President Adama Barrow isolated himself before it was found that he had not contracted the disease.
The Health Minister was also seen registering for a testing center following symptoms of the respiratory disease, but his case ultimately turned out to be negative.