Further changes to Wakefield Council’s markets

03/04/2020, PR-9369

Wakefield Council is to make further changes to some of its markets due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wakefield city centre

The 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.


Since 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.


It 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 their businesses.


The following markets have currently ceased trading:

·         Normanton Market

·         Wakefield Outdoor Market.


Markets 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.

Wakefield’s 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 additional changes.”


“We 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.”


For 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 info@wakefieldfirst.com

The 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.