WINCHESTER’S Street Market returns today, but at a new location to allow social distancing.

Usually held in the narrow High Street, the market opens up today and tomorrow on Middle Brook Street car park.

Signage and one-way markings will guide visitors through more-widely spaced stalls. If the market is busy, shoppers will be advised to return later.

The flower stall will also return to the refurbished St Maurice’s Covert.

The market organiser plans to continue to trade on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm.

Hampshire Farmers’ Market is also working with the city council to support the return of the local produce stalls on Sunday 14 June.

Cllr Paula Ferguson, cabinet member for climate emergency and local economy, said: “The Winchester Street market is a key part of our High Street and we’ve been worked hard to bring back stallholders to this temporary location which has enough space for social-distancing to help keep shoppers safe and allows the market to start trading as soon as possible.

“There will be signage from the High Street to the market’s new home to help things run smoothly.

"We know people are keen to support the city’s fantastic market and we are pleased to see its return.”

Public toilets will open at Abbey Gardens and Market Lane, by Maurice’s Covert.