What to expect from each Lancs market as they prepare to reopen
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 9, 2020
Non-essential shops are now preparing to reopen across the UK as the coronavirus lockdown eases.
Outdoor markets and car showrooms were the first inessential retailers allowed to reopen under new guildelines from June 1.
Now, a much broader range of shops will welcome customers back from Monday, June 15 including clothes shops, toy stores, booksellers, auction houses and indoor markets.
Traders at indoor markets across Lancashire are now busy planning ways to adapt their stalls in line with the Government’s Covid-19 social distancing and health and safety guidelines, ahead of their reopening.
Darwen Market, based at the heart of Darwen Town Centre, has announced its reopening on June 15.
A reduced number of stalls are set to reopen in line with government guidelines and a maximum number of 30 customers are permitted inside at once.
There will also be a one way system in place as well as floor markets and signs to help people maintain a two-metre social distance.
The market will be open every day apart from Tuesday, from 8:30am to 4pm.
A post on the Darwen Market Facebook page read: “We are excited to announce that Darwen Market will re-open on Monday 15th June.
“This will be limited to the stalls that can safely open in line with the government guidance.
“Cafés can only be open for takeaways and hairdressers & beauty salons are not yet permitted to open.
“Of course everyone’s safety remains the highest priority.
“Extra cleaning is being undertaken and hand sanitiser stations will be provided. Toilets will remain closed for the time being.
To encourage the safety of their customers, the post also said: “We recommend that you come with a list, bring your own bags, pay by card where possible, wash your hands often and consider using a face covering.
West Lancashire Borough Council has been working to ensure the safe reopening of Ormskirk Market, with appropriate social distancing measures in place to ensure public safety.
The first market under the new measures will take place on Thursday June 18, when 35 stalls will be open in the town centre.
The market and safety of traders and the public will remain under review, but it is hoped that if successful, 70 stalls will be allowed in the following weeks.
Cllr Dave Evans, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “We know that many people are keen to come out of lockdown and that some will be disappointed the market won’t reopen immediately, but we are still in the middle of a public health crisis and we have to put the safety of the public first.
“As a precaution, we are delaying the reopening of the market.”
Blackburn‘s indoor market is preparing to welcome traders and customers back when they are permitted to reopen on June 15.
A post on their Facebook page said: “We are getting ready to welcome you back.
“We’re working hard on the safest ways to re-open the market.
“We’ll be updating you over the coming days about the changes you will see to make shopping safe for everyone.”
Following the government’s announcement that open-air markets can reopen from 1 June, Chorley’s Tuesday street returned last week to traders registered as permanent only.
The market is currently preparing for when more retailers can reopen from June 15, with part of the market being temporarily moved to ensure social distancing measures can be followed.
In a Facebook post, Chorley Council said: “While we’re opening to support traders and the town centre, and it’s great that visitors continue to shop local, everyone has a responsibility to adhere to social distancing measures and follow any signage/instructions provided.
“At busy times one-way circulation may be introduced in the pedestrian zone.
“We are reopening on a trial basis and will be constantly monitoring how it goes. Further changes may be required in the coming weeks.”
Leyland Market is set to reopen next week with traders working hard to ensure their stalls will be safe and hygienic for customers.
Market owners alerted customers of their reopening and said: “We’ve had a busy couple of days and ordered a few essential items such as gloves, sanitiser and face shields.
“We have a few safety signs still to finish, but, we are finally looking forward to getting back to the market.
“We enjoyed getting back into things last week and seeing our fellow stallholders, and even, a few customers. who were around at the time .
“We’ve missed you all, and we are looking forward to seeing you again.
“Our customer service will be as good as ever and needless to say our pricing and quality will be exceptional, as always.
“Thanks for your patience, its been a difficult few months for all of us. In the meantime, stay safe, stay well and thank you all, just for being you.”
The popular market in Preston has now reopened its market in line with government guidelines and hopes to welcome more traders in the coming weeks.
They have announced reopening of its market hall from Monday to Saturday and outdoor market from Wednesday to Saturday.
A post on Facebook said: “Thanks for everyone’s support for another great week at Preston Markets.
“We have loved having the Outdoor Traders back this week and look forward to welcoming back more traders when it is safe to do so.
“Please shop safely with us.”
Clitheroe has held a regular market since the Norman conquest in the 12th century.
Today (June 9) it was announced on their Facebook page that the market is now opening.
They announced that they will implement a one way system and a two-metre distancing rule to keep customers safe.
Morecambe Festival Market
Last week the Festival Market in Morecambe partially reopened with limited customers, a one way system, social distancing measures and hand sanitising.
In a post on Facebook the organisers said: “The re-opening of our essential services is going well.
“Please could we ask that you don’t bring dogs into the market whilst it is necessary to have social distancing measures in place (except for guide dogs and dogs that are carried) to avoid any unexpected toileting ‘accidents’.
“Please bear with us whilst we all get used to this ‘new normal’ but do support your local market traders at this difficult time.”