Only food merchants from the municipality are allowed to sell
A vegetable stall offered its products on Wednesday April 15 in the Ajijic street market, which has resumed activities as have some other businesses in the municipality. Photo: Adán Zamora.
Sofía Medeles/Domingo M. Flores (Ajijic, Jal.).- At least 10 food stalls and fruits and food merchants reopened in the Ajijic tianguis after a government ordered suspension, but found few customers. The government had ordered the market to close two weeks ago to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Less than a dozen merchants returned on two Wednesdays, April 8 and 15, to a virtually empty Revolution Street location where freshly harvested fruits and vegetable stalls are usually packed. The merchants practiced the mandated health protocols, including sanitizer gels and social distancing but waited in vain for customers.
The tianguistas received an official letter from the authorities informing them that food vendors could return to work, excluding those who sold products that were not considered basic necessities. The letter only applied to local vendors; merchants from other municipalities were excluded. Merchants are required to wear masks and maintain proper social distance both between employees and their customers as well as use antibacterial gel, sanitize their work areas, among other actions recommended by the authorities.
The owner of a taco stand, Mrs. Alicia anguished that «I had to practically drug myself to restock after having spent a month without working and then the sales just did not happen».
The suspension and then resumption of the activity of the tianguis was carried out throughout the municipality of Chapala.
(translated by Patrick O’Heffernan)
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