Wells Market to reopen following thorough review
WELLS Market will reopen on Wednesday (June 10).
It will also operate on Saturday (June 13), and on Wednesdays and Saturdays thereafter, as it used to before the coronavirus shutdown.
Announcing the news, Mendip District Council said that Frome Market will also be reopening on June 13 and continue operating on Saturdays only, until further updates.
In coming to the decision about the two markets, a complete review of layouts, traders and facilities at each venue was carried out, to ensure the markets meet the latest Government guidelines.
Wells and Frome markets were identified as best suited of the five Mendip Markets to support social distancing guidelines, and traditionally judged to have the highest footfall to generate trade for both the stallholders, and support the local shops.
As the national restrictions ease, Mendip will be working with stallholders to ensure the markets at Glastonbury, Street and Shepton Mallet begin to open too.
All Mendip Markets were suspended in March due to the coronavirus emergency. During lockdown, the council supported stallholders in new ways. Some traders set up home deliveries, others advertised online through a ‘virtual marketplace’, hosted on the council’s website.
Councillor Nick Cottle, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Safety has always been our first consideration, but we are delighted to announce that some markets will be returning to trade this week.
“We know how much our markets have been missed by residents and I look forward to the day when all our traders are out busy lining the streets again with their wonderful displays, first-class goods and excellent banter. They’ll be well supported by the people of Mendip.
“These traditional markets bring life into our towns and city - and we want them back.”