As from today the Mercat de la Boqueria has civic officers on hand to provide information and help make sure the public make proper and respectful use of the market, users and visitors at the facility living side by side. The move is one of the initiatives in the municipal government measure aimed at regaining the market for local residents and the city and tackling the negative consequences of high volumes of people visiting for leisure.
The team of civic officers will operate on Fridays and Saturdays from April through until October, from 8.30 am to 8 pm, providing information for visitors on current market regulations and ensuring they are respected. Special emphasis will be placed on avoiding build-ups of people, the handling of produce on display for photographic purposes and the excessive noise by visiting groups of tourists.
The Councillor for Markets, Montserrat Ballarín, declared: “We’re working solidly so that La Boqueria is somewhere for the people of Barcelona to be able to do their shopping and stallholders can go about their work comfortable and calmly”.
The body of officers at the market, managed by Barcelona de Servies Municipals (BSM), consists of three professionals with language skills who have received specific training on the market, mediation and assertiveness techniques and other aspects. To facilitate data collection, the officers will use an app to register any incidents arising. Security services at the market have also been boosted and the CCTV system has an additional five cameras covering the enclosed area giving onto Pl. Gardunya.