The Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland (Kennemerland Region Security Organisation) has decided to close three halls that are part of the Beverwijk Bazaar, Hall 30 to Hall 33, for two weeks. However, Bazaar Beverwijk entrepreneurs refuse to close halls for corona measures. To be continued…
De Bazaar is a shopping and cultural outlet in Beverwijk, north of the IJ, which has one of the largest indoor markets in Europe.
The decision to close three of the indoor halls, according to stand renters, came very unexpectedly – the announcement was made last night and came into effect this morning.
The closure affects the Eastern market and the food court. The municipality of Beverwijk communicated late last night that it was closed because it is impossible for visitors to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres. The municipality and the Veiligheidsregio say it is ‘regrettable’ that they have to take the measure – ‘given the impact on the economy’ – but see no other option.
Entrepreneurs who normally have stands inside are allowed to move to the outdoor market stalls on the Randweg.
The organisation of De Bazaar was taken by surprise by the decision, especially because consultations took place on Friday with the chairman of the Veiligheidsregio and the deputy mayor of Beverwijk. A spokesperson for De Bazaar informed Hart van Nederland that the halls will remain open despite the ban. The spokesperson says that the entrepreneurs are ‘baffled and surprised’ by the measures. ‘There are no infections and we do what we can. We ask visitors to wear masks and have provided signage – that’s all we can do.’
De Bazaar has also already taken more measures to enforce the corona measures. For example, on Saturdays and Sundays there are webcams that allow people to check for themselves in advance about how busy it is, and people are advised to wear face masks.