The street market at Broadway Market will not open this Saturday and Sunday, after two weekends in three where the Council has been forced to close it early as a result of overcrowding caused by queuing at nearby licensed premises.
Despite only a small proportion of market stalls opening, takeaway alcohol and food sales – which are permitted under the Government’s lockdown guidance – at nearby businesses resulted in large numbers of visitors on two of the past three weekends. No market stalls are licensed to sell alcohol.
The Council decided to close the street market early on Sunday as a result of this overcrowding, and also did the same on Saturday 7 November.
While the Council has no power to enforce social distancing, police and council officers will continue to be deployed to the street.
In the last week, the police have served 21 prohibition notices to businesses in and around Broadway Market, which require premises to stop what officers consider to be unsafe activity, in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Council licensing officers will also continue to be deployed to ensure shops on the street are trading in line with Government coronavirus guidance, which only permits the sale of takeaway alcohol if it is pre-ordered.