The doors to Barnstaple Pannier Market are set to open again to customers at 9am on Friday 3 July.
Following the reopening of non-essential shops earlier in the month, officers from North Devon Council have been working hard on a new layout and Covid -19-compliant trading conditions for the market so that customers and traders can return safely. Measures include:
- a phased return with the first markets being held on Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July, opening at 9am
- a new one-way system with the market entrance off Barnstaple High Street and three exits – one onto Butchers Row, one onto Market Street and another next to the Queen’s Theatre
- more room between stalls
- hand-sanitising stations
- new signs explaining how to move around the market and shop safely
- contactless payment available where possible
- risk assessments completed by all traders before opening
Lead Member for Economic Development and Strategic Planning Policy at North Devon Council, Councillor Malcolm Prowse, says: “The reopening of Barnstaple Pannier Market is another step towards getting the economy of North Devon fully open again. Many of our traders have continued trading during the closure, but there is nothing quite like being back in the market with your fellow traders and customers.
“The new regulations in place will ensure the market is as safe as possible, and our friendly market staff will be available to help with any queries customers have. We ask that customers continue to follow social-distancing guidelines and practices when visiting the market, to help with this, at busier times, visitor numbers may be restricted for a short while as customers finish their shopping. Our officers will be monitoring and reviewing restrictions at the market frequently so that any necessary changes can be made so life at the market can return to as normal as possible, as soon as possible.”
Ward Member for Barnstaple Central at North Devon Council, Councillor Robbie Mack, says: “Barnstaple Pannier Market is an important part of the town centre and our local economy. I want to give a big thanks to Hannah Harrington from the Town Centre Management Team, staff members and of course the market traders for making it possible to reopen. Please support local suppliers, keep supply lines short and shop safely in our pannier market.”