Opening of individual food stands during the epidemic in Geneva



The Administrative Council of the City has decided to open 11 foods stands, located 70 metres apart, on the Plaine de Plainpalais and one food stand on Place de la Navigation

The State Council has given its consent to the provisions which will be implemented in order to ensure compliance with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) with regard to hygiene and social distancing.

Art. 6 of the Federal Council’s Ordinance 2 COVID-19 prohibits events, including food markets, with a view to reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. It also orders the closure of public establishments, with only a few exceptions, such as food stores (art.6, para.3, let.a). As the Federal Council’s explanatory report relating to Ordinance 2 COVID-19 considers a market stand selling food to be a food store, it can remain open on condition that it is possible to comply with the social distancing rules stipulated by the Federal Office of Public Health. In accordance with the latest modifications made to the aforementioned report on 8 April, a single isolated food stand can be set up on a marketplace or another square.

In light of these explanations, the Administrative Council has decided to authorize the opening of isolated food stands on the Plaine de Plainpalais and the Place de la Navigation. First and foremost, this decision aims to restore equal treatment between food stand traders and other food stores, and in particular supermarkets.

This will help increase the range of fresh, local food items available to the population and will, to a certain extent, relieve the burden on supermarkets. The products sold will be limited to basic food products (meat, fish, dairy products, bread, delicatessen items, fruit, vegetables, grilled chicken and local beer and wine). Stands selling flowers, plants and seedlings will add to this basic offer as soon as they receive authorisation. No tasting will be allowed and pre-cooked/ready-prepared dishes will be prohibited.

Rotation system

Limited to a maximum of 11, the food stands on the Plaine de Plainpalais will be operated by traders who regularly work on the markets in the City of Geneva. A rotation system will be implemented by the City to enable as many traders as possible to sell their products and prioritise producers. The stands will be spread around the Plaine de Plainpalais, which has been selected as a result of its central location, its configuration and its size. They will open on Thursday 16 April 2020 and will be open Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In light of the size of the Plaine de Plainpalais, and to ensure compliance with the health and social distancing recommendations of the FOPH as well as the requirements of the Federal Council, an ad hoc measure will be implemented ensuring that the food stands will be placed at least 70 metres apart with markings on the ground complying with social distancing measures, metal barriers will be installed to facilitate the management of customer flows and water fountains and soap dispensers will be installed. The presence of volunteer firefighters and information boards will provide traders and customers with prevention information. The State Council has given its consent to this measure.

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