Green Markets and Fish Market Re-open in Split Today Under Strict Rules

Daniela Rogulj

April 9, 2020 – The outdoor green markets and the fish market in Split will re-open today, though under strict measures by the National Civil Protection Headquarters and Ministry of Agriculture. 

The National Civil Protection Headquarters issued a Decision on Market Operations during the coronavirus pandemic. In compliance with the special measures and instructions of the Public Health Institute of Split, the famous Pazar, Sućidar market and the market in Split 3, as well as the fish market, are open from today.

On Tuesday, all the conditions of the National Headquarters and the Public Health Institute were respected, which means that during the operation of all markets, the entrance will be controlled and, if necessary, the number of people will be limited, in order to ensure a minimum distance between citizens. Also, the buyer will not come in contact with the products, as there will be a barricade.

Measures of enhanced hygiene and daily cleaning of all premises will be applied, the enclosed areas will be ventilated regularly, and checkpoints with hand sanitizers are provided, with information on general measures to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.

“The Ministry of Agriculture states that the decision allows, subject to a strict measure of social distance, the operation of closed facilities (shops and kiosks) in the markets selling food, medicines, hygiene items, veterinary medicinal products, agricultural medicines and animal feed and sales places (benches) in markets that are closed facilities or enclosures and sell fish, milk and dairy products and fruits and vegetables,” according to the Ministry on T.portal.

The retail sale of fruit, vegetables and flowers from vehicles in enclosures is allowed, according to the principles of the green market.

Legal or natural persons managing the markets are obliged, in addition to the measures and instructions prescribed by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, to additionally secure the entrance and exit of a limited number of customers, and to set up barriers or plexiglass protection at points of sale (benches), in order to reduce physical contact and maintain a prescribed distance of 3 to 5 meters between the seller and the buyer. The specified distance of 3 to 5 meters must also be maintained between the customers located in the market area.

Also, sales from vehicles imply safety distances of at least 3 meters between vehicles that are points of sale and between vehicles of customers. Sales of products from vehicles must be organized in such a way as to prepare the packaging in advance so that customers can stay as quickly as possible at the point of sale, the statement added.

In addition to the measures and instructions prescribed by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, it should be ensured that no crowds are created at the entrances and inside the premises, clear instructions are given and made visible at entrances and market premises, enhanced hygiene measures are applied, and all areas must be cleaned and ventilated daily. Workers and customers must observe a strict measure of social distance, provide checkpoints with hand sanitizers, and prominently display notice of general reduction measures for infectious disease risks, and instructions and recommendations for adhering to the general rules on hygiene.

The City of Split asks citizens to respect all anti-pandemic measures when they arrive at the green markets and fish market today. 


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