LabTech to reopen Camden Market on 1 June
Camden Market owner LabTech has revealed plans to reopen the market on 1 June, following the government’s announcement of the easing of the lockdown.
Implementing a phased approach to the reopening, LabTech is anticipating up to 80% of food and beverage traders will be participating from 1 June, with retail traders following from 15 June.
Measures being introduced include a strict "one-way" system across the market site, with maps outlining the correct flow of traffic at hand-sanitiser stations and strategic crossroads. Floor markers are also being installed for social distancing.
Given the open-air nature of Camden Market, and the abundant exterior space, there will also be socially distanced seating and tables to increase the sense of safety.
LabTech’s CEO, Yaron Shahar, said: “We have three priorities as we prepare to re-open, doing so safely and responsibly for visitors, traders and the wider community, supporting traders as comprehensively as possible as they re-start their businesses, and learning from this first phase as we plan to open Buck Street and other areas of the estate.
“Our comprehensive range of measures have been devised to ensure we can achieve these objectives, and we will continue to support our local businesses through these unprecedented times as we move out of lockdown.”
LabTech’s support for its tenants includes an extension of the rent-free period for all traders, which was introduced three months ago.
For the foreseeable future, traders will be expected to adhere to factors in line with government recommendations, including limiting the number of customers entering at any one time, maintaining a strict cleaning regime, and accepting card payments only, where possible.
The announcement follows LabTech’s recent launch of a series of initiatives to aid the emergency services and vulnerable during the coronavirus epidemic, including complimentary STAY apartments for NHS workers and their families.