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Preston outdoor market set to open next week with social distancing measures in place

Posted on - 28th May, 2020 - 11:54am | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Looking into the Market Hall building under the Covered Market Pic: Blog Preston
Looking into the Market Hall building under the Covered Market Pic: Blog Preston

The Outdoor Market at Preston Markets will reopen from Wednesday 3 June, welcoming back the long standing, independent traders.

However the second-hand market will remain closed due to difficulties with the layout.

To help maintain the social distancing guidelines, the Outdoor Market will begin by trading Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-2pm, until further notice.

There will be a reduced number of stalls in order to provide adequate space for customers and the traders to shop and browse safely.

Read more: Market traders at Preston Market to get three months rent free

Floor stickers will be placed around the market to help with social distancing and monitor queuing.

Flower stalls being set up at Preston Outdoor Market pre-lockdown Pic: Tony Worrall
Flower stalls being set up at Preston Outdoor Market pre-lockdown Pic: Tony Worrall

The council is speaking with market traders individually to discuss the new arrangements.

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “Reopening the Outdoor Market is great for the local community of Preston, the customers and independent traders.

“This is a key step towards the high street reopening and welcoming shoppers back into the city centre safely.

“It has been great to witness the support of Preston Markets from the people of Preston through this difficult time and I would encourage everyone to continue to shop local and support our independent businesses who are anchored in our community during this unparalleled time.

“We look forward to welcoming back the other traders to the Market Hall and Box Market, when it is safe to do so.”

Read more: Reduced hours and partial closures at Preston Market Hall during lockdown

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