COVID-19: Coronation Market reopens with cleaner look
A customer inspects produce at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston on Friday.
After being closed for four days, the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston re-opened to the public on Friday boasting a cleaner look - much to the gratitude of vendors and customers.
The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) had closed the facility for extensive cleaning and sanitation in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
While it wasn’t the usual hustle and bustle on Friday as many people remained inside their homes amid government calls for social distancing to stop the spread, the vendors were happy for the little business they received.
“The business kinda slow but we have to appreciate it because some people don’t even have jobs now. We are happy for the business that we are getting,” one vendor who goes by the name of ‘Juicy’ told Loop News.
However, he appealed to the government to extend the opening hours.
“We just a beg little more time so people can shop around and gather more food,” he said.
Under restrictions imposed by the government in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, markets are only allowed to be open from 6 am until 2 pm, and vendors and shoppers are asked to maintain social distancing and to practice hand sanitisation regime.
On Friday, vendors and customers alike appeared to be adhering to the new policies.
Persons entering and exiting the facility extensively used a water pipe and soap sink, observed by our news team at the entrance to the market.
Also, vendors were seen wearing gloves and having in their possession a bottle of alcohol to sanitise their hands after collecting money, as customers stocked up on food items.
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