However, due to the latest government directives announced on Saturday, October 31, it is not possible for the cathedral to proceed with its plans.
The Christmas market was scheduled to run from November 21 to December 19 and would have featured managed entry and exit points to control the number of visitors, a new arrangement of Christmas chalets covering a larger area to avoid traffic jams and traffic jams. much wider paths to allow physical distancing.
It is recognized as one of the UK’s best Christmas markets – bringing in around £ 33million to the city and 600,000 visitors.
A spokesperson for Exeter Cathedral said: “Today’s news will be disappointing for many, as it will for all of us at the cathedral.
“However, the pandemic is an ever-changing situation, and we all want to do all we can to keep the community safe and to minimize the pressure on our NHS, caregivers and other key workers.
“Our thanks go to all the traders who have patiently supported our efforts this year, as well as to Exeter City Council, Safety Advisory Group and Public Heath England for their help and advice.
“As we enter a difficult winter, we pray for all those affected by Covid-19, whether in health, grieving or due to the impact on work and finances, and we pray for the strength to support and support each other.
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This year, the popular Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green was due to return for the eighth consecutive year. For three years, it has been managed by Exeter Cathedral.