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Aspen Saturday Market Coming Back, But With New Restrictions

Jun 10, 2020

This diagram shows where the first batch of eligible vendors would operate as part of the re-introduced Aspen Saturday Market. Each block would feature 12-15 vendors, with only one entry/exit point on each, designed to limit each block to 50 customers.
Credit via City of Aspen

The Aspen Saturday Market is slated to come back as early as June 20, with new rules and restrictions. City officials are targeting the first Saturday after Pitkin County increases the limit on gatherings from 10 to 50 people, which they anticipate to be June 20.

When it reopens, the market will only include agricultural and fresh baked good vendors. Currently, 37 of those are eligible to participate. City officials will reevaluate eligibility standards throughout the summer, but likely won’t allow artisan vendors until the allowable group gathering size is pushed up to 250.  

A full list of vendors allowed in the first round of the Aspen Saturday Market's reopening.
Credit via City of Aspen

Initially, one-block sections of Hyman and Hopkins avenues will be open for market use, with eight feet between each booth. Each stretch of street would have one entrance and exit point and only allow 50 customers per street. If group gathering restrictions are raised, the market’s footprint could expand onto three adjacent blocks and accommodate 50-60 vendors. 

The list of sellers at the market includes 19 agriculture vendors. Originally, five more were set to participate, but cancelled. Four vendors will be included in the food court, and the market will also include 14 others who sell food or essential products.