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Cancun street markets (tianguis) set for reactivation

Cancun, Q.R. — Street tianguis in Cancun will begin again on June 15, verified the city, after a second evaluation of the epidemic situation. Melitón Ortega García, president of the Union of Tianguis and Street Merchants of Quintana Roo said that vendors will be allowed to resume their street market sales on June 15, but only in three areas.

He says the approved areas will be in regions 229, 239 and Tierra Maya, with the Region 100 mega-street market pending for another week, until June 21. He says that the reactivation of the Cancun street markets will be done under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, Civil Protection, Inspection, Public Road Commerce and Public Safety.

Ortega García explained that the new health measures will include a two-meter distance between booths as well as on site hand gel and the mandatory wearing of mouth masks. Only two people can work a booth at a time. All vendors are responsible for marking their healthy distances. As for food stations, the food must be take-away and vendors can only serve for a maximum of five hours.

Vendors can operate either from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Those who do not comply may be removed. He added that approximately 1,500 of the association’s more than 2,000 vendors will be able to return to the streets.

A Friday review of the epidemic situation by the city of Cancun concluded that “as of this Monday, 30 percent of the street markets established throughout the city will be able to restart activities while the epidemiological traffic light is orange, but they will not be able to settle in areas that have been identified as high contagion,” explained Cancun mayor Mara Lezama Espinoza.

“As a government, we are working hard on the reactivation of the economy in coordination with the federal and the state government,” she added.