By Jesús Aguado
The Department of Civil Protection closed the San Juan de Dios market, but they reopened it after five hours. There are some vendors who do not have enough economic resources to continue living in quarantine.
At 5 a.m. on May 22, Protección Civil closed the entrances to the Mercado de San Juan de Dios. This was because at least six nonessential stands (of 100) were operating during the business hours.
The government said that they had talked previously with the vendors in order to convince them to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also explained to the vendors that the opening of nonessential businesses would be gradual.
Angélica Morín, leader of 100 vendors of the Insurgentes Union, said that there were at least six of those nonessential stands open, and they had opened because they had no money to continue their quarantine. “We do not have money to give them. They have to make money so they can survive,” she said. Since there are other nonessential stores open across the city, she also asked the authorities to apply the restrictions evenly to all the businesses in town as they were applying the restrictions to these vendors. Later, the vendors held a meeting with the authorities and, at 10:10 a.m., the market was reopened. Several meetings will be held to keep the market safe for all customers.
The San Juan de Dios Market has been operating for 35 years. It is the main supplier of goods for people from rural communities of the Laja River area. Just outside the building is a station for suburban buses that bring workers and shoppers to the market.