Hobart's famous Salamanca Market could be back up and running as early as later this month, under a new proposal keeping it in line with coronavirus restrictions.
Hopes were fading when the state government refused to grant Hobart City Council an exemption to the 500 person outdoor limit, leaving their initial scaled-back format seemingly dead in the water.
But a return is now back on the drawing board - the idea to split the market into seperate sections, each with its own entry and exit, and with no more than 500 people.
“Since the gathering limit of 500 persons on all markets was announced, we have been liaising regularly with the state government, and a way forward for Salamanca Market has now been identified," Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.
“Thanks to positive talks this week, it has been determined that the market can operate with multiple sections, each with its own entry and egress and each restricted to the gathering limit of 500 people.
“We are now working on a plan to reopen a smaller, interim market that meets the requirements of the government restrictions, but that is also a viable proposition for stallholders,” Mayor Reynolds said.
Details are still be nutted out, but it's hoped Salamanca could be open by late July/early August.
The announcement has been welcomed by the Salamanca Market Stallholders Association, after 140 stallholders had expressed interested in the original proposal which was knocked back.