image of the Boucherie Bruno Marché Bastille
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Paris Markets Wrapped in Plastic

Life at the Parisian market has taken on a new form.
The market is wrapped in plastic wrap. I could only look on. The scene was very surrealistic.
On May 13 the markets reopened with new sanitary guidelines.
The last time I visited the Bastille Market at Boulevard Richard Lenoir was March 22.
Plastic crates separated the shoppers to provide distance.
On March 23, the Mayor’s office closed all outdoor and indoor markets.
The ban did not include the grocery stores.

Who needs a straw shopping basket (“panier“) to carry around anymore?
Market shopping is now available online for home delivery. The delivery order goes through Mayor’s Office website, takes three days or less and costs 5,90 Euros.

The Paris Market Sanitary Guidelines

Merchants must wear a mask, gloves and have antibacterial gel available for customers.
A barrier is required to avoid customers touching the produce, thus, the plastic wrap.
Electronic payment is highly suggested.
Markers remind the customers to keep their distance.
Each stand must be two meters (six and a half feet) away from another stand.
At the Richard Lenoir Marché Bastille, barriers and security personnel are set up to avoid a crowd at one time.
Readers can visit (Paris Mayor’s Office website- Mairie de Paris) for more information.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!