A famous street market in Hackney has reopened for the first time since the lockdown measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus were introduced.
According to The Hackney Gazette, 4,000 visitors attended Broadway Market on Saturday 8 August, although there were fewer traders to help with social distancing measures, all of whom were following a ‘six-point COVID-secure trading plan’, which included no hot food stalls, and encouraged visitors to wear face coverings.
One of the returning traders was Peter Rowe, owner and founder of Born Again Kidswear, who said: “It was good, everyone was really pleased to be back because it was a long stint of closure. The last, final proper one was in March so it was the first time since then. It was really nice to be back, there’s a really strong community.”
He added that the lockdown had made traders increase their online presence while they were unable to physically trade at the market.
Irina Diva of Jess It Up London said it was great to be back, and gave credit to the market officers for enabling a COVID-secure layout.
She added that without the usual throng of tourists, the market had become a community market, as it was once originally intended.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney’s cabinet member for planning, culture and inclusive economy, said he was delighted to see the market back up and running, providing safe and local shopping for Hackney residents.
“Supporting local businesses is now more important than ever, and I’d encourage people to make the most of Hackney’s street markets, whether by visiting in a safe way, shopping online at the Broadway Virtual Market, or using Broadway Market’s new click and collect service,” he said.
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