Sunderland Echo

Pop-up street food event cancelled after concerns

- Katy Wheeler @KatyJourno

A street food event, due to take place this weekend, has been cancelled after people voiced their concerns over social distancing.

Four street food vendors, Truly Madly Pizza, The Calabash Tree, Mivesi and Brioche Burgs, as well as a coffee stall, had been due to take up spaced-out pitches in the car park of The Roker Hotel on Sunday, January 17, selling food for takeaway only.

The outdoor event was aimed at people passing on their daily walks, and there were to be barriers in placed to help ensure social distancing.

However, although some

were in support of the event, others voiced their concerns over whether it would encourage people to congregate.

Taking on board people’s

worries, the hotel and traders have since decided to cancel the event.

A statement on the hotel’s Facebook page reads: “In light of listening to your feedback, we’ve made the decision to postpone the Sunday Street Food vendors from using our car park.

"Whilst we were confident in our ability to run a socially distanced space, our priority is, of course, keeping you all safe and we wouldn’t want to do anything that could jeopardise this.

"We just wanted to say thanks to those who were supportive and those who were constructi­ve in their feedback.

"The team at the Roker Hotel, Poetic License Bar and Let There Be Crumbs wanted to wish you all the best, and we hope to see you all as soon as we can.”

Although traders are permitted to serve takeaway food within lockdown restrictio­ns, people have been advised to only leave their homes for essential purposes and exercise.

After Covid cases worsened, and with concerns the full impact of households mixing at Christmas is still to be felt, Ministers and experts have been ramping up the stay at home message.

Businesses have been responding to the severity of the situation, with supermarke­ts announcing this week they would enforce strict maskwearin­g policies for customers.

Non-essential shops are allowed to offer click-andcollect services, but John Lewis said it was suspending this service at its department stores after a ‘change in tone’ from the Government over the virus.

 ??  ?? Traders were to fill four spaced-out pitches at the Roker Hotel car park.
Traders were to fill four spaced-out pitches at the Roker Hotel car park.

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