OK, believe it when I see it, but there's plenty of options left to keep markets operating before they close. Food shops are still open in Italy, so they'll be some protection.100% NOT gossip.
Surprised me tbh they were saying there may not be a market next week and all markets could be shut down!
Market here is like an old folks day out. Lucky if half are buying or selling but along for a chat which in normal times is great to see and helps the cafe.What would be the sense in closing Markets? How many people actually hang around the market any amount of time?
Science has shown that one is far more likely to catch from a close friend or relative than in a public gathering. But I suppose the buyers won't want to stand too far apart or else they wont be able to divvy up the cattle very well!!
Your use of "may not" and "could" suggests to me that it is 100% gossip, although that's not to say that it might come to pass.
Is there a risk markets will be caught up in any limitation on mass gatherings of people?
How many/what proportion markets have over 500 people present on a day?
I think the extreme tedium of hanging around at auction marts is likely to suppress your immune system and is best avoided even in the absence of Coronavirus.