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Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and Brandon markets to re-open on Wednesday for food stalls only




Bury St Edmunds market will return next week but for food stalls only.

West Suffolk Council shut markets across the district at the end of March following concerns about social distancing.

But Bury St Edmunds' market will make a comeback on Wednesday and Saturday next week, with Brandon on Thursday and Saturday and Mildenhall on Friday.

Market day in Bury St Edmunds very quiet with shoppers staying away to avoid coronavirus. Picture by Mark Westley. (34977292)
Market day in Bury St Edmunds very quiet with shoppers staying away to avoid coronavirus. Picture by Mark Westley. (34977292)

But the market will re-open on Wednesday as part of a phased approach, which will see other stalls gradually brought back.

The market will have reduced opening times, from 9am until 2pm, and will adopt a new layout to ensure that social distancing is adhered to.

Traders will also provide contactless payments where possible and will use hand sanitiser.

The second and third phases will see other traders able to sell on the market and operating hours reviewed.

A council spokesman said non-essential retail is not expected to be brought back until June 1 at the earliest.

Traders unable to secure funding from the Government will be able to trade on the market rent free for two months, with the situation kept under review by the council.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council said: "This could not be happening without assurances in place and I would like to thank ourtraders for working with us and their help on this.

"The markets will of course be kept under close review but their reinstatement is an important step in the recovery of the town centre and businesses and in anticipation of shops beginning to trade again in early June.

He added: "We would ask shoppers to do their part, keep their distance and continue to follow Government guidance to protect lives and livelihoods."


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