Some vendors at London's Billingsgate Fish Market are voluntarily over a lack of protection from the coronavirus.

Eight out of 40 stalls at the fresh fish market decided to close on Saturday because customers were not observing social distancing, with another eight planning to shut up shop this week after selling their inventory, the Daily Mail reported.

Steve Monaghan, who runs John Stockwell, told the newspaper he closed his shop on Saturday for the first time in 28 years after customers failed to adhere to social distancing rules.

Billingsgate is owned by the City of London Corporation and dates back to the 1800s.

A spokesman for City of London Corporation, which runs the market, told the newspaper: "A number of steps have been introduced to ensure a safe environment is maintained. This includes limiting the number of people in the market, extra policing to ensure the Government's instructions are enforced, additional hand sanitizers and clear signage. We will continue to follow official guidance on Covid-19."