Covid compliance monitors to patrol Orihuela markets for next 12 months.
COUNCIL-owned firm ILDO has been given a 12-month contract, at a cost of €99,364, to “control security measures required because of Covid-19 at markets in Orihuela”.
Councillor for Markets, Victor Bernabéu, said “ILDO staff will perform different functions in markets throughout the municipality” and added: “We are convinced that they will do an extraordinary job as they have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic disinfecting, they are very professional, and we need them to ensure compliance with safety measures”.
Among their tasks will be the assembly and disassembly of security circuit and access control points to the markets; the cleaning and management of chemical toilets; supplying materials such as information leaflets, disinfectant gel, beacon tape, etc.; access and capacity control, and control of the use of masks and disinfectant gel by users.
The council has also set up a one-way communication channel via WhatsApp to send quick and direct information to stallholders of news or changes that may occur.
There are several markets in Orihuela town, including one in Paraje los Huertos, which pre-pandemic, had approximately 295 stalls set up every Tuesday.
On Fridays a market is normally held at the Paseo Calvo Sotelo and a Satruday market in Los Andenes y la Glorieta Gabriel Miró.
Monserratina usually holds a street market on Tuesdays, while in Orihuela Costa there is a market every Thursday in Campoamor near the Rambla de la Glea, with a Saturday market in the urbanisation Playa Flamenca.
And Murada has a large market on Sundays.