Coronavirus: Turkey, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar reopens

Facemasks and limited access in the huge covered market

01 June, 11:37

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 1 - Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the largest, most ancient and visited markets in the world, reopens on Monday after a two-month-long lockdown. The structure, which is mostly indoors, hosts nearly 3,000 stores and over 30,000 workers. It is one of the most complex venues to manage in terms of social distancing in Turkey. Before the closure due to the COVID-19 emergency, the market which was created in 1455 and was expanded over the centuries, used to host on average 150,000 people a day, including many tourists.

    Over the past few days, the indoor parts of the Grand bazaar have been repeatedly sanitized. Based on the new rules to contain the spread of coronavirus, visitors must wear facemasks and access will be limited. According to administrators, at least seven retailers have contracted the virus. During the lockdown, about 20 shops including exchange rate bureaus and jeweler's shops have remained open, receiving clients only by appointment. (ANSAmed)
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