The company behind the failed Christmas market in Nottingham have apologised for the first time since the event opened with little to no social distancing.
Nottingham City Council had planned for a whole month of a slimmed-back ‘Winter Wonderland’ which included a variety of takeaway food outlets, a carousel, helter-skelter and a giant 30ft ferris wheel. The city is in tier 3, the highest level of coronavirus restrictions. However, after many more than planned turned up on the opening night the decision has been taken to permanently close the market after just one day.
‘We’re sorry it has not worked out’ – Mellors Group Events and Nottingham City Council
Mellors Group Events, the company behind the market, released a joint statement with the council where they said ‘the city centre saw significant footfall and was notably busier than anticipated’ when the event opened for the first time on Saturday night. ‘The decision to go ahead with the market was not taken lightly nor has the decision to close. We’re sorry it has not worked out.’
Footage taken by the public on Saturday shows too many people for each household bubble to stay apart, along with hardly anyone wearing masks. Videos have also emerged of a ‘dance floor’ appearing in the middle of market square with many people singing and dancing to buskers performing Christmas music.
The event turned chaotic when buskers arrived performing Christmas songs.
Student Luke Jackson, 19, visited the market before going home for Christmas. ‘I just couldn’t believe how many people were at the Christmas market. It was rammed. Absolute chaos. I had to turn round and go home. I’m not risking infecting my family just before the holidays.’
Luke Jackson, 19, went to visit the market and couldn’t believe how many people turned up.