The authority has invited residents to have their say on the future of the market, including possibly relocating it from Market Place after it suffered from dwindling footfall and shut stalls before finally closing during the lockdown.
Despite retail being permitted to reopen since June, Copeland Council voted unanimously to keep the market shut pending a consultation on how it should be run.
Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie said the council wanted to explore alternatives to make the market more attractive before reopening.
Residents are being asked whether they think the location of the market is suitable and to propose suggestions for an alternative site.
As well as the location, the market’s opening hours could change. The council is asking residents for feedback on whether they would prefer larger, themed markets to be open monthly or quarterly as opposed to twice weekly.
Residents have until 30 August to lodge their views with the council.