Paris’ covered markets reopen – for collection only

Paris' covered markets reopen - for collection only
Traders are allowed to sell goods for delivery or collection. Photo: AFP
Covered markets in Paris have been permitted to reopen - but only for customers to order in advance and then go and collect their goods.

The markets have been closed since the country's strict lockdown began on March 17th.

An exemption at the end of March allowed some French markets to reopen, but only in areas where they serve an essential function.


Around a quarter of markets were open again by April, although these were largely in rural areas or small towns and the markets of Paris and its surrounding suburbs remained closed.

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However now Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and police chief Didier Lallement have signed a decree allowing the city's covered markets to reopen – but only under tight conditions.

The decree issued on Saturday stated: “From today, the covered markets of Paris are authorised to allow customers to order their shopping by phone or internet and then come, by appointment, to collect their order at the entrance to the market.”

Customers will not be allowed inside the markets, but markets and individual traders will be allowed to prepare orders for home delivery.

The markets affected are:

  • Enfants Rouges (3rd arrondissement)
  • Saint Germain (6th)
  • Saint-Martin et Saint-Quentin (10th)
  • Beauvau (12th)
  • Passy (16th)
  • Ternes et Batignolles (17th)
  • La Chapelle (18th)

The order refers only to markets in Paris, not in the suburbs, which have also been closed.

The decree also thanked Parisians for their efforts in sticking to the strict lockdown rules.



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