Norwich market will reopen on Monday, 1 June.

The government has announced that from the start of next week, some outdoor retailers could open again, providing they met strict social distancing guidelines.

The market in the city is home to 91 businesses, operating across 191 stalls but stall owners will make their own decision on when to reopen their stall.

Councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member with responsibility for Norwich Market said:

“When the announcement came that the market had to shut temporarily, it was devastating for so many. "Some traders have been able to remain open or provide collection or delivery services in the last few weeks. The work they’ve done to adapt their services to continue to meet customer needs, while observing the strict restrictions and guidelines, has been truly remarkable and demonstrates entrepreneurship at its finest.

Cllr Matthew Packer

The stalls in Norwich market line narrow, winding aisles - some of which only measure two metres in certain places.

Meeting the government's requirement of keeping a social distance from others as two metres will be difficult.

But the council says it is well prepared to meet the challenge.

They have designed a one-way system throughout the market and put up signs to guide people round.

They are also recommending that people that they can wear a face mask while in the enclosed space.

Shoppers will also be asked to use card payments instead of cash and use hand sanitising gel while they are out.