There has been a market at St George’s site in Belfast since the 1600s.
It has survived world wars and The Troubles but will it survive coronavirus?
Many small businesses forced to close in the pandemic had been hoping for financial help with the announcement of a micro-business hardship fund from the Northern Ireland Executive.
But some who operate as sole traders do not qualify because they do not have employees.
They include many of the stall holders at St George’s Market in Belfast.
Without financial support, traders worry they will fall through the cracks.