All stalls will be allowed back to the High Street market next week, so on Wednesday and Saturday those selling items that were regards ‘non essential’.
Wiltshire Council announced this morning (Friday 29 June) that ‘Wiltshire Council’s street markets will be open from Monday 1 June with stallholders now able to sell their full range of goods’
They also noted that social distancing will be in place at each of the markets, and requested that ‘the public are strongly urged to take notice of the signage at each site and ensure they do everything they can to adhere to the measures and keep at least two meters apart from each other and the stallholders at all times.’
The following procedures will be in place: ‘To keep stallholders and the public as safe as possible a socially distancing queuing system will be in place at each market for each stall. Stallholders will be regularly using hand sanitiser, and cleaning where appropriate, and people are also encouraged to pay via contactless where they can and when it’s available, and should not unnecessarily pick up items and put them back.’
Council officers will be on site to manage set-up and ensure stalls are socially distanced, and arrangements are in place at each stall for a socially distanced queue system.
Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Bridget Wayman said: “We’re pleased that our street markets are returning to some sort of normality and that people can again buy the best that Wiltshire has to offer.
“Safety is paramount and we politely urge that in order for people to keep themselves and our stallholders as safe as possible they follow social distancing and take notice of the on-site signage and measures in place. The shopping experience will obviously be a little different but people will hopefully get used to it quickly and still enjoy visiting the markets.”
Interestingly, it would appear that garden ornaments were regarded as ‘essential items’ on last Saturday’s market, as shown in the pic below sent in by a reader. The importance of gardens and what goes in them seems to have attained a much greater level of importance during lockdown!