Gedling Borough Council has revealed that Arnold Market could fully reopen ‘if social distancing measures are in place’ on June 1.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Sunday that all markets should be able to reopen from next week, as certain lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Traders selling essential items have been allowed to remain open but it is now hoped others may return once restrictions are lifted.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke told Gedling Eye: “In line with latest Government advice Arnold Market remains open but is limited to the sale of essential items only, mainly groceries.
“We are currently working towards having the market fully open, subject to meeting social distancing measures, by June 1.
“We have already started work on a plan to help local businesses bounce back following the awful impact of Covid-19 and more details on this will be announced very soon.”
Local resident June Price is hoping that traders will be given the go-ahead to trade again from Monday.
She said: “I miss coming here and looking around. There was always some different things on offer here which you couldn’t get in town. It’s been sad to see the stalls empty all this time.”
Brian Talbot things a reopening could help secure the market’s future.
He said: “If the stalls can reopen before the rest of the shops on June 1 they’ll do a great trade and it could help keep these traders going throughout the rest of the year.
“The council are obviously trying to give the market a lift but being open before the shops could really help.