“JUST one more small, but important step towards a return to day-to-day normality for Mojacar,” was how the local council described the reappearance of the village’s weekly street market for the first time since the State of Alarm came into force.
The return of the Mojacar market on Wednesday made it onto popular regional TV show ‘Andalucia Directo.’
A team from Andalucia-wide channel Canal Sur interviewed local Public Safety councillor Maria Luisa Perez when they went along to find out how the first day of the market in the new coronavirus world was shaping up.
Held as usual in the village’s Plaza del Rey Alabez, the market now has to strictly adhere to government guidelines and safety measures.
The council reported that shoppers behaved responsibly. There was a steady stream of people throughout the morning, buying what they wanted in an orderly manner, and without any over-crowding.
Two members of Civil Protection helped out the local authority in handing out mandatory face masks, as well as ensuring all buyers disinfected their hands with hydro-alcoholic gel.
Everyone was instructed to keep a safe distance from each other and reminded not to touch products. The stallholders packed all the purchases in bags and the shoppers were guided by distancing barriers with clear entry and exit routes to avoid close contact.
For the time being stalls selling items like clothing and accessories are not permitted, and only food products are on offer, but there was no shortage of vegetables, savoury items, cheeses, sweets and roast chickens.
Councillor Perez worked alongside Civil Protection all morning, providing information to residents, as well as complementing them on their exemplary behaviour, which she said has helped keep the municipality safe.
She also spoke to them about the reappearance of the other regular market stalls, saying they would return when the regulations allow and all safety measures are firmly in place.