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The Roxas Night Market, which remains closed amid the efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), might soon reopen – albeit, with a limited number of vendors, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said.

“We can expect nga ing-ana [control of the number of vendors at the Roxas Night Market] ang mahitabo because of the new normal requirements of [physical] distancing,” Mayor Inday said.

While she cannot give a definite time frame as to when the Roxas Night Market could reopen, she said she was hoping that it would happen very soon.

“Of course di nato gusto nga next year pa because dili nato gusto padugayon ang delay sa pagbalik sa trabaho and sa negosyo sa tao,” Mayor Inday said.

She said the reopening of the Roxas Night Market entirely depended on how soon the quarantine measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 are lifted.

The Roxas Night Market, despite having been bombed in September 2016, continues to gain popularity as a destination, not only among the locals but also tourists.

It was shut down when the virus struck the city a few months back.

To cushion the impact of its closure on vendors, they were enrolled in the TUPAD program of the city and the Department of Labor and Employment, under which, they were asked to do minimal work in exchange for P396 per day for 30 days. CIO