I trust the government. Giant flea markets have opened in Prague
Even closed shops somewhere does not mean that people cannot buy what they need or want. On both of these weekends, the U Elektry flea markets opened in Prague. Their operators claim that they do not violate current government regulations. Flea markets have already been checked by police today.
In the Czech Republic, from the end of December to 22 January, the fifth degree of the anti-epidemic system PES applies, which means significant restrictions for traders. They can only sell basic goods and supermarkets must also have a range of strapped products. However, sellers at the flea market can offer almost anything, according to operations director Roman Cileček, the operators have only abolished farmers’ markets.
However, in his opinion, ordinary flea markets may be open. “We strictly adhere to the law and the ordinance,” he said. A valid government regulation prohibits sales in marketplaces, markets and mobile establishments. “The ban does not apply to mobile shops selling food and drugstore goods in municipalities where it is not possible to buy these goods in another establishment,” the regulation states. At the same time, it is possible to sell fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs and honey on the markets in compliance with the conditions.
“We are markets. In the decree you have written fairs, markets, exhibitions, but the markets themselves are not. Farmers’ markets are banned, we have banned them, “explains Cileček.
Ministry of Health spokeswoman Barbora Peterová, unaware of the range of flea markets, did not want to evaluate their operation. “What is stated in the resolution applies,” she said.
Prague police officers were already on the premises, who, according to their spokesman Jan Rybanský, are constantly inspecting the place. “Even today, we believe in the matter, and if we suspect violations of government regulations, we will document everything and send it to the decision of the administrative body,” Rybanský confirmed, adding that in the past he had found and reported several violations at this place. “We know that he repeatedly quotes government regulations there,” he said.
Roman Cileček stated that they comply with all government regulations, such as spacing or disinfection. If the limited capacity of the sellers was filled, others would not be allowed into the complex.
“But that has not happened yet, people are generally afraid to drive. “Those who have no other source of income go out to have something to buy food on Monday,” he said.
It is said that there are also fewer customers, usually around five thousand of them came in one day. “Now there are about 800 of them here. Only those who can’t go anywhere will really come. When someone at home blows a light bulb and can’t get it in the store now, he comes here, “he added.