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More, smaller farmers’ markets in the pipeline

More, smaller farmers’ markets in the pipeline

Deputy Development Minister Nikos Papathanasis on Thursday announced plans to relieve congestion at farmers markets across the country – a mainstay for most Greek households – by breaking them up into smaller parts.

The markets – which take place on designated days of the week – will be split between two nearby locations so that shoppers and traders do not have to crowd onto one street or public square, he told Antenna TV, outlining measures to protect the public from the novel coronavirus.

The measure, said Papathanasis, “will allow more traders to work while reducing the number of shoppers visiting the markets at any one time.”

He reiterated the need for traders and shoppers to be mindful of social distancing regulations so as not to put themselves and others at risk, warning that markets found to be violating the rules will be shut down for 10-15 days.