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Award-winning market ready to welcome back customers

Our city centre's award-winning indoor market will be open from Monday.

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A number of traders based at the city centre destination have been operating online since the site was closed at the beginning of the pandemic lockdown.

But now arrangements are being put in place to ensure that trade can resume safely with staff and customers observing the critical two-metre social distancing rule.

The Market re-opening coincides with the re-opening of non-essential shops in the city centre from tomorrow.

Shops will have queuing systems outside and customers are asked to be patient. Council operated car parks will be open for free except for St David's Car park which will remain closed for the moment. Public toilets will also be closed for the time being as well, although some stores have opened toilets for their customers.

Customers should plan their visit as the shopping experience in the city centre will be different to what it normally is.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said re-opening the indoor market was a welcome move after so long.

But he urged customers to ensure they continue to stay safe by observing the two-metre rule when they visit.

He said: "Some of the food businesses based at the Market have done a tremendous job keeping their customers supplied through their online order and delivery services.

"I want to pay tribute to them for being there for the people of Swansea and wish all traders well on the re-opening of the city centre. The loyalty of indoor market customers is well-known so it should be a good step for them on the way to a degree of normality."

"Our number one priority is to do all we can to keep customers and traders safe from the chances of Coronavirus transmission by observing the Welsh Government's two-metre rule.

"This means that entrances and exits will be closely managed to limit the number of people allowed inside the Market at any given time so there will be queues to get in and visitors should plan for this."

It's anticipated that between a third and a half of stall-holders will be back initially. Stalls will be open for takeaway food but not for sitting down.

The reopening of the Market is welcome news as the installation of public toilets and a Changing Places facility is hoped to be completed at the site later in the summer. 

Bids are in the process of being invited for works to upgrade the area in the middle of the Market. Improvements to the entrances are also in the pipeline. 

To find out more about Swansea Market, its delivery services and its plans for re-opening go to http://www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk

If you are heading for the city centre check out these FAQs and Guide to Safe Shopping before you travel: http://www.swanseacitycentre.com/covid-19-updates/

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