Changes at Wakefield Council markets

25/03/2020, PR-9354

​Wakefield Council markets remain open for residents to purchase essential goods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and pet food during the coronavirus outbreak.

All other stalls, cafes and food vans are now closed and anyone who needs to visit any of the district's markets is asked to follow Government advice and keep two metres apart from others at all times.

Andrew Balchin, Wakefield Council's Acting Chief Executive, said: "We have made the decision to keep our markets open to a limited number of traders to help support their businesses during this difficult period and also to provide essential goods to our residents.

"However, as per the current government guidance, we would ask residents to only visit our markets if it is absolutely necessary and to follow the social distancing rules at all times.

"The current social distancing rules are vital if we are to stop coronavirus spreading and to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

"We are continuously monitoring the situation and will let our residents know of any further changes to the opening of our markets as soon as possible."

The Council has provided information to keep residents up to date on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at

The latest advice is available on the NHS and government websites at and

Castleford Market