There is 7.5-Metres of space between each stall
The food markets in Emmen, and other places in the province of Drenthe remain open, but if with strict social distancing regulations, and only stalls where food is sold are being allowed to open.
A group of Mayors in Drenthe have decided that the markets can continue, but have placed restrictions on the types of stalls, and also what visitors can and cannot do.
“Normally the market is seen as a fun and busy event. But we have now brought it back to basics, which is food supply,” says spokesperson Marcel Meijer from the Emmer Market to RTV Drenthe.
Naturally, you can get fish, bread, cheese and everything else you would like to from the market. “Normally you buy fish and you have a nice meal at the stall, but that is not possible now. It is a takeaway: you go there, pick up your things and go home”, added Meijer.
The rules that RIVM has drawn up also apply to the market in Emmen, with shoppers having to keep one and a half meters apart. This is easily possible, because the market has been made more spacious. “Normally there are about a hundred stalls, now there are thirty to fourty. There is a minimum of 7.5 meters between the stalls and there is also enough space for the stalls to be able to keep enough distance,” said Meijer.
The market also expects fewer visitors. Normally there may be thousands on Friday, but the market now expects a few hundred visitors. All merchants have also received instructions to indicate the minimum distance with tape or markings on the floor.