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Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Santa Cruz Sunday morning flea market could open this month after a year closed

Rastro de Santa Cruz de Tenerife Image: Mataparda, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The flea market in the capital of Tenerife, which was closed before last year's carnival, is scheduled to resume its activity before the end of February, Carmen Tejera, president of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Rastro Association, told newsagency EFE on Friday.

Carmen Tejera explained that the mayor of the city, José Manuel Bermúdez, called her on Thursday to communicate that once the island has passed to phase 1 of the measures adopted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rastro will be able to resume its activity.

The Rastro de Santa Cruz de Tenerife market has been held on Sunday mornings since 1991, next to the Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África. Before 1991, the market was held on Sundays along the Avenida de Anaga. When it reopens, the flea market will have a temporary home along the esplanade near the Cabildo de Tenerife.

The market closed last year in January due to the rains and the closure was maintained during the carnival, as well as during the following two weeks due to the rain, and then on March 14 the confinement arrived, Carmen Tejera recalled.

At that time there were 631 stalls in the flea market and it will reopen with the 412 stalls that have renewed their licenses, with a limited entry and exit, and with a separation of one and a half meters. The security measures will be the same as in any shopping centre, and so on the market there will be gels and the use of masks will be mandatory.

The new location will be provisional, because the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has promised that it will return to the Recova area eventually, once the pandemic is over and there is health security. Carmen Tejera has commented that the traditional location is less safe because there are many access roads and control is more difficult, but, she has insisted, the agreement is to return to that area.

This year it has been "very bad" for stallholders and when the mayor called Carmen Tejera to say that there was a license [for the market to reopen], "tears came to her eyes", because it must be taken into account that although some of the people who are on the flea market receive pensions, the amount is small and insufficient to cover all their needs.

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