Canton Flea Market to happen after mayor's veto is snubbed

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A central Mississippi flea market is scheduled to happen next month, despite a mayor's attempt to stop it because of COVID-19 safety concerns.

The Canton Board of Aldermen voted Monday unanimously to overturn Mayor William Truly's veto of the Canton Flea Market, WLBT-TV reported.

The event is usually held twice a year on the town square in Canton, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Jackson. Officials canceled the one in May because of the pandemic. The next one is Oct. 8.

The flea market typically attracts thousands of shoppers to the small town. Although the event is outside, it's common to see people crowded close together.

Aldermen say they are working on a safety plan that includes requiring all vendors and shoppers to wear masks.

They are asking all vendors to have hand sanitizer at each booth, and there are plans for hand-washing stations throughout the square.