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Popular market eyes end of September opening

Earth Route Market

Picture: Rebecca Johnston on Unsplash

The organisers of Nottingham Road’s popular Earth Route Market hope to re-open on Saturday, September 26.

Thursday, September 24 is a public holiday, so this could be a fruitful weekend for hospitality and retail businesses in the Midlands, many of which are already on the road to recovery.

The market had proved a hit with locals and a big success for business owners in the short period in which it operated before the Covid-19 enforced lockdown.

Local producers enjoy connecting with the area’s residents and visitors to show off and discuss their products, which are made with care and pride.

In further market news… The Earth Route Market is planning on getting an App that will facilitate pre-orders up and running by the time they do open. The L1NX app is a useful tool for connecting local businesses. It says on its website: “L1NX is a platform that connects conscious consumers to passionate local producers, forging links between them. People are empowered to build their own food chains while supporting local.”

“We will be in touch with all stallholders closer to the time, but in the meantime you may want to get ready – with Kim at the helm of marketing and the general vibe out there, it’s going to be great to go big with almost a ‘re-launch’,” said the market’s Jennifer Hindle.

The Covid-19 social distancing and safety restrictions, as they stand at the time of the opening, will be followed. These will likely include the 50 gathering rule, “no mask, no sale”, “no cash”, if possible, and the use of hand sanitisers.

An organiser at the Karkloof Farmers’ Market, Andrea Gibson, said they were working hard on a re-opening date, but didn’t have a firm date yet.

“In our meeting with and correspondence received from the Department of Health, to get their approval and list of regulations/restrictions before opening, we were told we still fall under the 50 people gathering restriction. It is not really viable for the market to open up under this restriction and it changes the whole nature of the market.”

Andrea said that, like the Earth Route Market, they were hoping for an announcement on September 15 that would see this change, and alter the restriction on numbers.

“We would obviously follow all Covid-19 restrictions and requirements in terms of masks, sanitising, and so on as regulated.”

Andrea said more details would follow and they would keep the Chronicle updated.

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