Billingsgate Fish Market traders close as customers not observing social distancing

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Traders at UK’s largest inland fish market say customers were not respecting coronavirus guidelines.

The Daily Mail reports that fishmongers at London’s iconic Billingsgate market have decided to close.

Eight out of 40 stalls at the fresh fish market in Poplar, east London, decided to shut shop on Saturday over claims customers were not observing social distancing. Another eight are planning to shut up shop this week after selling their stock. For some, its the first time in 30 years they have closed down.

In normal pre-coronavirus times, the UK’s largest inland fish market sold around 25,000 tonnes of produce to through its East End merchants each year under the shadow of Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers.

Buyers for restaurants and hotel owners would normally be familiar faces here. The publication added that many fishmongers are only selling frozen fish because fresh trade has dried up in London.