Swaffham Saturday Market returns

Swaffham Saturday Market returns

Published by KLFM
7:00am 2nd May 2020.

After six long weeks, Swaffham Saturday Market returns today (2 May).

It was closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The regular food traders, supplying essential food items such as fruit and veg, meat, fish, bread and cheese have been invited to bring their stalls and trade from 8am to 1pm.

Swaffham Mayor, Jill Skinner said:

"After careful consideration the council have decided to open our Saturday Market to food stalls only. Six weeks ago we closed the market, the concern being that this could not be safely marshalled, we were in lock down and the seriousness of this situation was such that it was advisable to close.

Since then, although CV19 has not abated and we are still in lock down the concept of social distancing has definitely been understood and adhered to. The Market will be managed in the same way as a supermarket, people distancing, getting their shopping and no socialising.

This is our opportunity to have our market back, being responsible for each so that we bring a new 'normality' to our way of life as it is, and will be for a while."

A new layout with stalls spaced out on the wide and open market area will be in place, market customers will be asked to be patient observing a one way system through the market queuing at 2 metre intervals. Council staff will be on hand to provide assistance and direct anyone to the appropriate queue.

The market is a much loved asset in the community and it is hoped that bringing it back in at least this small way will benefit local residents and traders, and keep the market going for the future.