Gaza to Open Local Markets after 5-Month Closure

A local market in Gaza City. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Gaza’s Interior Ministry yesterday said it would reopen the enclave’s local markets this week after over five months of closures.

“Local markets will reopen on 7 February all week, except Fridays and Saturdays, during which a Strip-wide curfew is imposed,” the head of the ministry’s COVID-19 Management Cell, Fayeq Al-Mabhouh, told local media.

He added that the ministry had met with “owners of popular markets to discuss preventive measures that would be taken after the reopening.”

Since the discovery of the first two infection cases in Gaza in late August, the government has taken several measures to prevent the spread of the disease, including the closure of markets and lockdowns.

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