Planning for the safe reopening of shops and markets


The government has indicated that markets and other shops that were closed as part of the coronavirus response will begin to reopen from early to mid June. Premises will be asked to make all possible efforts to protect shoppers and staff and the council is working on ways we can help them to safely achieve that.

Our officers have been planning for the reopening of retail environments of different sorts for some time, exploring options to do so in a safe way. There are significant challenges involved and it is clear that in the short term at least, our markets and shops will look and feel quite different from what we are used to. 

Traders and retailers are being asked to look at their operating models and to put plans in place that would allow them to operate in a safe and socially distanced way. Our markets, town centres and enterprise teams are reaching out to provide advice and support to those who need it.

When shops and markets do reopen in a more widespread way, we will rely on our residents to use them responsibly. Please follow any rules put in place – they will be there for your safety and to help prevent any further spread of the virus.

Posted on Tuesday 26th May 2020