MONTREAL’S PUBLIC MARKETS WILL REDUCE OPENING HOURS
As a preventive measure, Montreal’s public markets will limit their hours of access for the general public until further notice. As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the market will be open 10 am to 5 pm, every day. This measure will allow us to double our workforce and ensure better management and coordination of resources. We are constantly reevaluating what is best for our merchants and the communities we serve, and have already taken several other measures to reduce the risk of contagion at the Jean-Talon, Atwater and Maisonneuve markets, including:
– More frequent cleaning of common places- Use of germicidal disinfectants- Signage encouraging the public to wash their hands frequently
– Installation of a hand washing station at Jean-Talon market- Closing of ready-to-eat stalls-only take out options remain available to customers- Removal of product tasting trays
– Cancellation of event activities- Denying access to all guided tours- No filming with the exception of recorded media and only after receiving permission from the administration
“Vigilance is key in these circumstances, and we are working closely with our merchants, who support these decisions, in order to reduce the risks of contagion. We are following the government’s guidelines and monitoring the situation closely,” said Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, Acting General Manager of MPM.
Montréal’s Public Market traders have all received the general information package from the Government of Quebec which lists good hygiene practices and prevention measures. The MPM reminds you that it is also highly recommended to wash fruits and vegetables before consumption.
For more information on the necessary measures to prevent the spread of contagion, visit: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/