The four major Portuguese supply markets, operating in Braga, Évora, Faro and Lisbon, will remain in operation and at the usual times during the current state of emergency, announced today the public company responsible for its management.
The Installing Supply Markets Society (SIMAB), as a company of the Parpública group, which manages the four supply markets in Portugal, guarantees the maintenance of the activity until January 30, despite the confinement imposed to contain the spread of the covid-19, which started on Friday and has a duration of 15 days.
“SIMAB, a public company of the Parpública group, and responsible for the four major supply markets in the country, in Lisbon, Faro, Braga and Évora, guarantees the full operation, at the usual times, of its markets during the current state emergency due to covid-19, ”the company said in a statement.
The company, however, launched an appeal to consumers not to enter a “rush to stores, markets and supermarkets”, because “the services of MARL, MARF, MARÉ and MARB [Mercados Abastecedores das Regiões de Lisboa, Faro, Évora e Braga, respetivamente] and the companies based there are working in full ”.
These companies will "guarantee the supply of essential goods to the almost six million inhabitants in their areas of influence", he stressed.
“Within the four public supplying markets there are more than 1,300 companies ranging from small producers, small and medium wholesalers, medium and large national and multinational companies, in the areas of fruits, vegetables, fish, Cash & Carry, flowers, logistics and transport and pharmaceutical products, among others, ”argued SIMAB.
Many of the partners operating in Portuguese supply markets then supply “bases for large supermarket chains, grocery stores, convenience stores, markets and pharmacies” and also “are prepared to keep face-to-face and online sales in full and delivery to platforms, establishments and homes ”, the company maintained.
“It has been like this since March 2020, without any interruption in the supply chain, and it will be so in this period”, guaranteed SIMAB, adding that “logistics and transport work without interruption”.
The same source also ensured that the regional supply markets have contingency plans activated because of the covid-19 pandemic and mechanisms to “reinforce their security”, such as the use of “disinfectant product dispensers”, have been implemented. cleaning the interior and exterior spaces ”or the“ mandatory use of masks or visors ”.
With the implementation of the contingency plans, “isolation rooms” were also created and “a permanent telephone number for suspicious situations” was made available, the market management company also said.
SIMAB clarified that MARL (Lisbon) will maintain the “current opening hours”, from Monday to Saturday, with the pavilions operating at different times: the fruit and vegetable from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm, the flowers 17:30 to 20:30, and fish from 01:00 to 03:00.
In Évora, the supply market also operates from Monday to Saturday, but from 05:00 to 12:00, in Faro it is open from Monday to Friday and on Sunday, from 20:00 to 24:00, and in Braga it also works from Monday to Friday and Sunday, but from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm, he added.