LUDLOW market is set to reopen on Monday.

But if will be a very different market to the one that shut down in March.

The Town Council took the decision to reopen the market but it was made clear that it would be a learning process and that changes will almost certainly have to be made based upon experience.

It will be a social distance market with strict rules and a maximum of 22 stalls with four additional pitches on Events Square.

The Mayor of Ludlow, Tim Gill, said that it is almost certain that with fewer stalls some traders will have to be disappointed.

But it is not known how many traders will decide to return and it is known that some are self-isolating.

Town councillors said that it is important to get the market up and running again although Graeme Perks wanted the reopening put back until July.

He said that he thought that the risk of sparking off further infections was too great at this stage.

But other councillors wanted to give the market a try and treat the reopening as a learning process.

Town clerk Gina Wilding said that the market manager had been in discussion with traders and would do his very best to make it work.

Traders will not be charged rent in June with a review in July.

All being well non-essential shops will open again on Monday, June 15, almost three months after the enforced closure.