Further changes to Wakefield Council’s markets
Council is to make further changes to some of its markets due to the impact of
the Coronavirus pandemic.
markets which operate at sites in Castleford, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, South
Elmsall and Wakefield have been selling only food and other essential goods,
since the government introduced new measures last month to keep people safe and
limit interaction with others to help prevent the spread of the virus.
making changes in March which included, implementing social distancing measures
and restricting markets’ opening hours from 9am to 2pm, the Council said it
would continue to monitor the situation.
has now made the difficult situation to temporarily close some of its markets,
as the number of customers are falling and fewer traders are now operating
following markets have currently ceased trading:
Wakefield Outdoor Market.
remaining open are:
Castleford Market Hall and Castleford outdoor market – 9am to 2pm
Ossett outdoor market – open on current days, Tuesday and Fridays, 9am to 2pm
Pontefract Market Hall and outdoor market – open 9am to 2pm
South Elmsall Market on Tuesday and Friday – open 9am to 2pm.
Acting Chief Executive Andrew Balchin said: “We have made this decision after
careful consideration and falling trader numbers. We will continue to monitor
the markets that currently remain open and will let residents know of any
understand this is very tough time for traders and have information about
support on our website for businesses and residents during the global pandemic
to assist them at this time.”
information on forms of business support visit: https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-%E2%80%93-help-for-businesses
including help with cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they
can talk to and advice on managing staff during these difficult times, or
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Council’s Step-Up service is also still offering a telephone service for
residents. Step-Up can provide advice for anyone in the district whether
self-employed, furloughed or unemployed to find work, improve their skills or
make a career change. To contact the team call 01924 303334.