In line with Government guidelines, the Wednesday market, which is operated by Bray's Associates, will resume in the city centre from 14 April. The Chichester Farmers' Markets, which are run by Chichester District Council, will return to East Street every first and third Friday of the month from 16 April.

"We know that traders and shoppers alike will be delighted to see the markets safely return to the city centre," says Laurence Foord, Divisional Manager for Communication, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council. "These popular markets have been operating from a temporary home in Cattle Market car park since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in order to help comply with Covid-19 regulations. 

"In line with the Government's plan to carefully ease restrictions and pave the way back to a more normal way of life, the markets will be able to relocate back to their normal home in the city centre this month.

"Safety is of course our top priority and we have been working hard to make sure that this is the right time and that the right measures are in place so that stallholders and shoppers alike can enjoy a safe return to the high street. We know that shoppers rely on the markets for their fresh produce and goods, and many have told us that they feel safer shopping outside in the fresh air. Covid Ambassadors will be on hand in the city centre to help control queues and encourage social distancing.

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for all of our traders and local businesses, and we know that this move will be a very welcome one. Supporting district businesses is really important to us and the markets have a crucial role to play in the success of the high street.

"It's great to see so many people supporting their local businesses, which is so important, now more than ever before. Whatever you need, whether its fresh bread and pastries, or local fish and groceries, we'd thoroughly recommend a visit to Chichester's markets! All we ask is that you keep yourself and others safe by observing social distancing and regularly washing or sanitising your hands."

The Saturday market in Chichester will remain in its permanent location of the Cattle Market car park. The Wednesday and Saturday markets are run by Bray Associates. For more information please visit Bray Associates .

The Chichester Farmers Market takes place on the first and third Friday of each month, and the next market will be Friday 16 April, 9am until 2pm in East Street, Chichester. For more information about Chichester Farmers' Market please visit Farmers' Market.

Date of release: 6 April 2021

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