Despite international calls for the permanent closure of the Wuhan Wet Markets, the World Health Organisation has given the green light for the market to resume trading.
The controversial move follows all market vendors agreeing to put up a ‘We’re Covid Safe’ sign.
“We all want to get back to selling live exotic animals,” says Wuhan bat seller Bai Wang. “It’s part of our culture and identity. We’re all in this together.”
Even though there are no restrictions on businesses displaying the popular ‘We’re Covid Safe’ signs, the World Health Organisation says it’s enough for the markets to reopen.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Either way, we’re hoping it gives locals the comfort they need to start eating bats, snakes frogs and dogs again. Plus I’m pretty sure there is no Covid here now.”
The markets will re-open fully next week.