List of Open Air Markets in Kenya That Are Closed Due to COVID-19

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Kenyans are facing a bleak future after several open-air markets in Kenya were closed due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).

A spot check by Shopaxo showed that most open-air mega markets in Kenya are no longer operational. These markets combined, feed millions of Kenyans who depend on them for food and other household necessities eciespecially vegetables.

Markets such as Gikomba, Githurai and Marikiti are known to get supplies from as far as Tanzania and Uganda. With the borders closed and coupled with the governments directive of social distancing, business is no longer usual at these markets.

Necessity they say is the mother of all inventions and Kenyans are finding ways dealing with the current situation. Before the national wide curfew begun on Friday, many Kenyans were seen buying items especially perishables such as vegetables in large quantities. Those lucky to have small gardens have begun some gardening to provide them with fresh vegetables.

Here is a list of popular markets in Kenya that are no longer operational.

  • Gikomba
  • Githurai
  • Korogocho
  • Ngara
  • Toi
  • Muthurwa
  • City Market
  • Maasai Market
  • Nairobi’s Wakulima market
  • Mombasa’s Kongowea market.
  • Nakuru’s wakulima open-air market.
  • Eldoret’s open air market
  • Karatina’s market
  • Kisumu’s Kibuye Market.
  • Kisii open air market( Daraja Mbili).

With the closing of these markets and the supply chain cut, Kenyans are staring at an increase in commodity prices.

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