Quarter of food markets can reopen in France
25% of food markets will be able to reopen this week, the federation of markets in France and the French Agriculture Ministry have announced.
They will have to follow strict rules and take precautionary measures. Most of the markets will have less than ten stalls, they will have to respect a minimum distance between each other and hand sanitizer should be available at the entrance of the markets.
Markets had been closed last week, March 24, to stop the spread of the infection, as many people were notably seen at the market in Paris.
They are allowed to open again under the decision of prefectures. Most of them are situated in small towns or cities such as Grenoble, Rennes or Lille.
Other markets remain closed in ten departments, where no exemption has been given by the prefecture, notably in Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin, Haute-Marne, Hautes-Alpes, Var, Guyane, Haute-Corse and in the city of Paris.
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