In order to allow more outdoor social distancing space, a portion of South Market Street will temporarily stop vehicle traffic. Enforcement begins Saturday, August 15th between Church Street and State Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because pedestrians convene at the downtown Charleston market, this sectioning off of streets better allows for social distancing.
“This project in the City Market, which was vetted by members of both the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen’s Advisory Committee and City Council, will create a safer environment for pedestrians and allow for proper social distancing throughout the market area,” said Director of Traffic and Transportation, Keith Benjamin. “We are grateful to the City Market staff, vendors, and surrounding small businesses who worked on this project with us and look forward to continued collaboration.”
Come 5 p.m. each day, the South Market Street traffic lane re-opens for vehicles. This reconfiguration is set to remain throughout the 2020 calendar year. Loading zones are also impacted, as they’re now closed for pedestrian use only.
Charleston walkers can now enjoy the Market cobblestone streets with enough space to social distance during the coronavirus pandemic.