The street markets in Vélez-Málaga will be able to reopen from this Thursday

The street markets in Vélez-Málaga will be able to reopen from this Thursday

The Municipality of Vélez-Málaga will resume this Thursday the activity of the municipal markets on the occasion of the entry of the province in phase 1 of the de-escalation. This means that both in Vélez and Torre del Mar again, the markets on Thursdays will be able to set up their stalls -mainly for food-, and in Caleta de Vélez, on Saturdays. However, the City Council has decreed a series of measures that are mandatory and that follow the instructions issued by the central government to guarantee the health and safety of merchants and users at all times.

?We continue to be in alarm and, although we are gradually recovering to normality, we must put all the hygienic-sanitary means at the time of resuming the economic activity of the city and guarantee the safety of residents, visitors and managers of the posts. The collaboration and responsibility of the merchants who have decided to retake the sale and of the citizens who go to the markets are also important, "said the mayor, Antonio Moreno.

According to the municipal councilor, the use of the mask will be mandatory from this Thursday in the case of the markets, "so we appeal to the neighbors to come with it, although one may be provided at the entrance of the enclosure if do not carry it ».

For her part, the Councilor for Commerce, Lola Gámez, explained that the space in the markets has been limited, so that a single entrance and an exit access have been established, at the same time that hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be enabled , separation fences in front of the stalls, information panels with the hygienic-sanitary and social distancing measures and the obligation to wear a mask.

?The stalls that they will set up will be mainly food, since the restrictions established regarding the sale of textiles make it very difficult to resume this type of sale; and they will all be located on the same side of the road, in a linear manner, and with 2.5 meters of separation between them, "said Gámez.

The councilor has assured that meetings have been held, both with the merchants of the different authorized stalls and with the street vendor associations, "to be able to reach consensus and carry out these measures and enable the service with the stalls that have voluntarily decided to resume their exercise".

According to Gámez, the merchants who set up stalls will have to present a cleaning plan to guarantee the disinfection of the area and will have hydroalcoholic gel and gloves for users; in addition to that the merchants themselves must make use of both a mask and gloves. "A maximum of two vendors per stall are allowed, respecting the safety distance of 2 meters and, when the stall dimensions do not allow it, only one person can attend," added Gámez; who has also recalled that, at the end of the day, each station must perfectly clean its work area and must deposit the waste in the corresponding containers.


On the other hand, the Mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, has dictated a municipal side with the measures and recommendations for the movement of people along sidewalks, walks and public spaces in the municipality, in order to reduce the impact and spread of the covid-19.

The main measures and recommendations refer to the fact that on sidewalks, promenades and public spaces less than 4 meters wide, traffic must be on the right-hand side of the street or space. In the event that these same places exceed 4 meters in width, you can circulate in both directions but the pedestrian must always go to the right.

Likewise, when crossing a crosswalk, traffic is established on the right side. "In any case, the minimum recommended safety distance of 2 meters must always be maintained, both on sidewalks and on roads and in the vicinity of pedestrian crossings, where these measures will be indicated by means of painted signs on the road," he declared. Mayor.

The side also includes, regarding the need to regulate the capacity of public or private establishments open to the public, face-to-face attention to users through the window or any action that involves the generation of a line of people occupying the public thoroughfare, the obligation to maintain a safety distance of 2 meters and that people should line up in the part closest to the façade so that the movement of other pedestrians on the sidewalks or access to establishments and houses located on the ground floor is not obstructed .

"These measures also seek to be able to collaborate with the Security Forces and Corps when it comes to avoiding crowds in public places and as a method of preventing contagions in the face of the new mobility that is expected from phase 1 of the coronavirus de-escalation. », Pointed out Security, José María Domínguez.

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