English Market avoids closure after Government ordered shutdown of markets

English Market avoids closure after Government ordered shutdown of markets
The English Market.

THE historic English Market on Grand Parade is to continue selling to its local customers.

The government announced yesterday that theatres, clubs, gyms/leisure centres, hairdressers, betting shops, marts, markets, casinos and bingo halls are to shut.

However, Pat O’Connell of K O’Connell Fish Merchants said the majority of businesses would continue in the English Market.

“I would have been disgusted if we were closed because we’ve been through fires, wars, we’ve been through it all so I would have been shocked if we were being told to close if I’m being honest,” he said.

It comes following Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s address in which he announced new restrictions put in place by the government in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Among the new measures was the announcement of the closure of all non-essential retail outlets including markets.

Mr O’Connell told the Echo that the Taoiseach’s announcement does not affect food traders in the English Market.

He said that “two or three” traders who are not selling food will be closed.

He said that the Farmgate Café in the English Market has already been closed.

Mr O’Connell said that the mornings remain very strong for trade but the afternoons are quieter with people becoming “more aware” when shopping for supplies.

“The shopping trend has changed already in the sense that people are coming in, getting what they want and then they’re gone. They’re not browsing, they’re not looking around at other shops they’re just coming in, getting what they want and they’re out of town.

“People are more aware and they’re going to town to get what they need and that’s it. If they’re coming in for food, they’re in for food early and they’re gone."

He said that he has not had to let go of any staff amid the Covid-19 emergency and that it is business as usual.

“We’ve split our staff in two, so one lot do Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and then the other lot do Thursday, Friday, Saturday. They each have three longer shifts on each of those days,” he said.

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