A 'pop-up' dining space is being built in Nottingham's Old Market Square to try to draw people and business back into the city.
It has been designed as part of the city’s reopening strategy from the COVID lockdown restrictions. People will be able to buy items in nearby cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, which they can then consume in the Square. The seating will be available from 11 am to 8 pm daily and rides and attractions aimed primarily at younger children will be part of the effort too.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “We understand how disappointing it has been for people to see major events have to be cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Nothing is more important than the safety of the public. “However, as the school holidays begin, we were still very keen to provide a summer attraction for people in the city centre. We’ve again worked closely with Nottingham BID to bring this about."
There may be an understandable concern from some about coming back out into the city centre. We’re confident, though, that with social distancing and appropriate cleaning regimes and hand sanitiser stations in place, visitors to the Square can enjoy the space safely this summer.