The City will provide greater opportunities for traders to sell their wares by reopening Belmont Market’s indoor stalls this month.
The indoor section of the market will host 55 stalls from Sunday 28 February, complementing the 210 outdoor stalls that are currently operating at capacity.
This will be the biggest offering at the market since it was first forced to shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said the COVID-Safe reopening of the Barwon Valley Activity Centre was a welcome addition to the booming weekly market.
“Stalls have been booked out by traders’ weeks in advance, with crowds pouring into the market each Sunday for the huge range of goods on offer,” Mayor Asher said.
“The addition of the indoor stalls will only add to the market’s rich diversity and allow increased trade and activity.”
All permanent stallholders who previously operated from the indoor facility will be offered their spots back, before bookings are open to other interested traders.
To comply with the COVID-19 density restrictions, patron numbers in the building will be capped.
Face masks are required while indoors and are encouraged while outdoors if you cannot keep more than 1.5 metres distance from others.
The Belmont Market has been a key fixture of the Geelong community calendar for more than 50 years.
Stallholders offer a range of goods such as new, pre-loved and vintage clothing, jewellery, homewares, toys, crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and flowers and other treasures.
Increasing crowds of up to 6000 people have been attending the free market in recent weeks.
After it was forced to close on 14 February, the market returns on 21 February.
The market operates 8am-1pm at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre site.