The Coronavirus Lockdown in Italy: Not for Umbria’s Outdoor Markets!
On the evening of March 9, 2020, Prime Minister Conte officially announced a coronovirus-protection lockdown throughout Italy, meaning – basically – “tutti a casa” (“everyone stay home”).
…or as much at home as possible. I caffe will be open only until 6 p.m., hoping that an early closure will discourage evening social gatherings. Alimentari (grocery stores) and supermercati will be open as usual, though centri commerciali (shopping malls) will be closed on week-ends (again to discourage over-crowding). Museums, cinemas and schools will be closed until April 3rd “…..e poi, vediamo” (….and then, we’ll see…)
During this coronavirus lockdown, I wonder if fewer stands will open at our weekly markets here in Umbria?
I hope not. I’d rather shop in the fresh air. And what an ideal antidote to ward off a CPA (Coronavirus Panic Attack).
And besides, where else can I find such artichokes?
….or a Pino favorite, those giant olives from Puglia, spiced up with peperoncino?
…and what oranges last Friday at the Bastia market (and at what reasonable prices!):
There were even bunches of wild asparagus foraged in the woods of Sardinia:
Yes, we have to be attentive about keeping the one-meter distance from others now mandated…..
…..but let us hope the coronavirus lockdown allows us one of life’s simple joys: the outdoor market.
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