Salisbury Charter Market: What safety measures are being put in place?

Salisbury Charter Market: What safety measures are being put in place?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:01pm 15th May 2020. (Updated at 4:11pm 16th May 2020)

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The City Council's been telling us how they plan to keep traders and shoppers as safe as possible as the Market returns.

Salisbury's traditional Charter Market hasn't been held since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The City Council say they're bringing it back this weekend (Saturday 16th May) as a trial - with an assessment made afterward to see whether further markets can be opened.

Salisbury Charter Market
Salisbury's Charter Market as we're used to seeing it


A number of changes are being made to the normal market layout to keep everyone safe: 

  • There'll be a one-way system around the stalls
  • The entrance for all customers will be in the Guildhall Square
  • Traders will be spread out, with markers on the floor to advice shoppers to keep to social distancing
  • Barriers will be put up to keep people to the one-way system
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, and City Council staff on hand to help shoppers
  • We're asked to use contactless card payments where possible

The Charter Market will also have shorter trading hours for this trial opening as well - with the stalls open between 8.00am and 3.00pm

Salisbury City Council has also said that if customers don't adhere to the safety measures put in place, or the area becomes too crowded, they'll shut the market immediately for public safety.

A total of 12 stallholders are expected to be on site for the returning Charter Market - all selling food.

Salisbury Charter Market
The city's Charter Market has been traditionally held for over 750 years

Cllr Jeremy Nettle, the Leader of Salisbury City Council said:

"The Charter Market has run for over 750 years through thick and thin to provide a much needed service for local people. We feel that the time is right to trial a reopen given the latest Government guidance. Please do shop at the Market this Saturday, support our local economy in its new format and welcome back our regular traders."

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