Orihuela Council has announced the town’s 11 markets will be expanded from tomorrow but some won’t get back to full strength just yet due to capacity restrictions.
COUNCILLOR for Markets, Victor Bernabeu, said “from tomorrow, Tuesday June 9, there will be expansions in the markets of the districts of Los Desamparados, La Aparecida, Torremendo and San Bartolomé, as well as in the markets of the Paseo.”
He added: “In all the markets referred to, the area will be adapted to comply with the appropriate prevention measures, even extending the market area and adapting the measures to the safety regulations implemented during Phase two of the de-climbing in terms of capacity and interpersonal distance.”
Bernabeu assured that “in phase two we can expand the products on sale, including those like shoe stores, flower shops or household goods.”
Likewise, in the larger markets such as those in the coastal area, La Murada and those on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Orihuela, effective safety regulations will be maintained, with the use of masks being obligatory for shoppers.
In these cases, the councillor said it is still “complicated to include all the stalls due to the restrictions that the Ministry of Health imposes on all municipalities, such as capacity control, the limitation to 33 per cent in the second phase and 50 per cent in the third phase”.
Bernabéu said: “I am aware of the serious situation that the textile sector is going through at the moment under the current State of Alarm, but the ministerial regulations do not facilitate the setting up of the town’s markets.
“It is the wish of the Markets Department to return to normal as soon as possible but the Valencian Community is still in phase two of de-escalation.”