A HAMPSHIRE market is to open this week following its closure due to the coronavirus lockdown measures.

Portchester’s town centre market is to re-start from this Wednesday, but organisers have ensured that social distancing measures will be in place to protect both shoppers and market traders.

The market stopped trading at the start of lockdown in March but stalls will be out again from Wednesday ahead of a more general opening of other non-essential shops and businesses on June 15.

The market traders have introduced a number of measures to ensure social distancing is maintained in the market, which operates from 9am to 3pm.

The measures include: hand sanitiser on all stalls for customers and traders to use; all traders to wear masks and gloves; all stalls to serve from the main aisle with back of stalls to be covered; signs advising of social distance requirements; marking to indicate a social distance between traders and public; disinfectant spray to be available on all stalls; and contactless paying machines to be used where possible.