A Christmas market in the centre of Nottingham has been shut down after people criticised it regarding the lack of social distancing.
Nottingham Christmas market closed after lack of social distancing: Pictures taken on Saturday show hundreds of people hoarding together in Old Market Square. And showing a disregard for social distancing rules. The event, organised in the Tier 3 city by the Mellors Group, has now closed. Just a day after re-opening following the month long national lockdown. Police in Nottinghamshire said that officers were deployed to be at the market all day. To break up any large groups that gathered.
However Luke Brown, a 24-year-old games designer from Nottingham, said. “I was on the outskirts of the market as there were so many people on the inside. Many people were not wearing any masks at all and there was definitely no two-metre distancing. I was highly uncomfortable being there so we literally went home after five minutes.” The Mellors Group said in a statement that. “In light of the unprecedented high footfall seen up and down the country for retail nationally. We have decided to temporarily close the Christmas market.
The pent-up demand for a city centre offer was far higher than normal. And we feel this is the most appropriate way forward. This will allow us to monitor footfall in the city centre today. And ensure that our activities support residents and local businesses in an appropriate fashion.”
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