Wakefield’s outdoor markets re-open to all traders

27/05/2020, PR-9411

​Wakefield Council's outdoor markets will re-open to all traders from Monday 1 June.

This means that all stall holders will be able to trade, as long as they can do so safely, and not just those selling food and essential goods.

The Government continues to be very clear that social distancing guidelines must continue to observed at all times when people are outside their home and the Council is urging residents and visitors to follow this advice and ensure people stay two metres away from anyone outside their household.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "We know that this has been a very difficult time for traders and that our markets are very important for many of our residents so, as we cautiously start to lift some restrictions, it is incredibly important that we do this safely and continue to follow the Government's guidance.

"This means it is crucial that everyone continues to follow the social distancing guidelines when visiting all our markets.

"We want everyone to be able to use and enjoy our markets but we must all take responsibility to keep ourselves and other people safe."

The Council's indoor markets remain open to traders selling food and essential goods only.

To help protect residents during the coronavirus outbreak, the Council have made changes to the opening times of some of our markets. The new opening hours can be found at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/markets

Traders who are unable to trade and need financial support can visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/business

Everyone is reminded that if they are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if they or anyone in their household are self-isolating, they should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Residents can find up to date information on the Council's dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD