Providence Flea reopens after COVID-19 closure


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence Flea reopened on Sunday for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis forced it to close down.

The market, located on South Water Street, is smaller than in the past and will have less vendors to accommodate social distancing, organizers said.

All vendors, staff and customers are required to wear masks, and customers are asked to self-screen before entering.

The vendors are spaced further apart from each other, and some parts of the market will be roped off to encourage customers to walk one-way.

Hand sanitizer will also be provided, and vendors will follow specific sanitizing procedures.

“The biggest thing, I would ask customers for their patience and their cooperation,” founder and market manager Maria Tocco said. “People come down here because they love the flea and they love interacting with local vendors, so in order to be able to continue to do that, we need them to follow the rules.”

The Providence Flea will be open every Sunday in August from 10 am. to 2 p.m.

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