Social distancing measures will be in place at Spitalfields Market.
Joining the likes of Camden Market, Covent Garden, and Greenwich Market in reopening this month is Spitalfields Market, set to throw open their doors to shoppers once more from June 15. On the same day that non-essential shops in England are permitted to reopen, the East London market will begin trading once again, albeit with a highly reduced service.
To ensure they’re complying with government guidelines, Spitalfields Market will only be welcoming a reduced number of stalls back for trading in these early days. Indeed, those stalls which do return will look a little different, with perspex screens set up and plenty of spacing between the stall owner and their customers. You’ll also see hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system, and plenty of signage encouraging visitors to wash their hands frequently.
As for shops around the market, they’ll be reopening in carefully-managed stages. Some, like Leon, are already open, and will be joined next week by the likes of Dai and Malin & Goetz. Meanwhile, food outlets such as Brother Marcus and Giraffe will look to offer delivery and a takeaway service rather than welcoming diners back. It’s a necessarily cautious start for the time being, but expect more traders to return to Spitalfields Market as the summer continues.
Also published on Medium.