Market vendors are required to maintain a safe distance of two meters from each other as all market opening and closing hours have been reviewed.
Markets will now open from 8am and close no later than 7pm daily.
The Ministry of Local Government is already creating distance between vendors but overcrowding needs to stop.
For this reason Special Administrators at each Council are now working to decentralise markets to prevent overcrowding.
The decentralised markets list will be made public over the next few days.
Small markets will be located at strategic locations in towns and neighbourhood to give options to consumers to buy produce within their area.
Market vendors who have more than 3 stalls are urged by the Ministry that if they face difficulties in paying their market stall fees, to surrender the rest of their stalls.
The Ministry of Local Government continues to take precautionary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.