Shambles Market to re-open to all traders from 15 June

Shambles Market could soon be fully back in action. Photographs: Richard McDougall
29 May 2020 @ 6.10 pm
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New health and safety measures are coming to Shambles Market to allow all traders to return from 15 June.

The market is open daily for fresh food traders, and food court traders can offer takeaway options.

Following consultation with trader representatives, plans are being drawn up to bring back the full market.

Measures to be implemented include a one-way system and a re-configuration of the layout of the stalls to improve the flow of customers and minimise disruption to traders.

Benches have been removed from the food court area and new signage and barriers will be introduced into the space to aid with social distancing.

A health and safety professional has also been appointed to carry out a full risk assessment of the space and introduce guidelines for traders around social distancing and general best practice.

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MD of Make It York Sean Bullick said: “Shambles Market is a hugely important part of York’s city centre and we are delighted that we are in a position to be able to work towards fully re-opening the space for residents next month.

“With safety being our upmost priority, it’s been absolutely crucial that we take the time to get it right in terms of how we implement these new measures to ensure it is a safe place for both our traders and visitors to the market.”

Kevin Tuohy, chair of the Traders Association and owner of Bags of Style, said: “We look forward to be able to trade again in the near future.

“I know traders have missed their much-loved Shambles Market and the interaction with the local support we have. Much thanks must also go to those essential food suppliers who have continued to fly the flag for the market.

“Obviously we will follow the guidelines in ensuring that both customers and fellow colleagues safety is adhered to in these difficult times. I have no doubt the Shambles Market will continue to offer their vast array of unique goods to a widening audience.”