Salisbury City Council re-opened the Charter Market on Saturday, May 16,
as a trial for shoppers to buy essentials from local traders in the Market Place.
About 900 shoppers attended and some food stalls sold out of produce by lunchtime, a council spokesperson said.
Social distancing required a queue system indicated by cones and barriers indicating a clockwise flow of visitors. Individual stalls had socially distanced queues with hand gel available at every stall.
Mayor of the Council, Cllr John Walsh said: “It was obvious a great deal of hard work had gone into producing a well-organised and safe event which reflected highly on all involved.”
Dan from Wilton Wholefoods, said: “I was really impressed with the way the council had organised the day, and that we were really busy even though customers were coming through the gates fairly slowly.
Customers were pleased to be shopping “in person” again and told him the measures made them feel safe and that the council was trying to do things in the right way.
“Overall, I’d say it ticked all the boxes and as a stallholder we couldn’t have asked for more!” he added.
The council’s three indicators of success were – safety of residents, safety of stallholders and the appetite from residents for the market to return to open every Saturday from 8am to 3pm in the Market Place.