Salisbury Charter Market back on today after successful trial

Salisbury Charter Market back on today after successful trial

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:00am 23rd May 2020.

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The City Council say all their criteria for safely holding the market was met last weekend, so it will continue to run on Saturdays.

The stalls will be open again today (Saturday 23rd May) between 8.00am and 3.00pm.

As with last week, they'll only be selling food and all of the same social distancing measures will be in place to keep shoppers and traders safe.

Salisbury City Council Charter Market Social Distancing Poster
A number of measures will be in place once again to protect customers and staff

There will continue to be a one-way system through the Market, with customers asked to queue in the Guildhall Square ahead of entry and use the hand sanitizer provided.

Stallholders will take contactless payments where possible and there'll be floor markings to remind shoppers to keep their distance throughout.

Salisbury City Council say they had set themselves three 'indicators of success' in deciding to keep the Charter Market running: 

  • Safety of residents
  • Safety of stallholders
  • Appetite from residents for the market to return

They've said they're satisfied that all three measures were met, so the Saturdays markets will now go ahead every week.

Salisbury Charter Market May 2020
The stalls were set out with plenty of distance between them last weekend

Salisbury's Mayor, Cllr John Walsh said:

"The Mayoress and I attended and shopped at the Charter Market on Saturday (16th May) feeling much safer than we normally do in our essential trips to indoor shops. I spoke to numerous of my fellow citizens all of whom were unstinting in their praise for the fact that the Council had re-opened the Charter Market. 

"It was quite obvious that a great deal of hard work had gone into producing a well organised and safe event which reflected very highly on all those involved."

Traders were happy with how it went too - Dan Rimer from Wilton Wholefoods spoke to Spire FM after last weekend's stalls: 

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