Update on Food and Essentials Market

In the last few days, you may have seen a number of posts on social media that suggested the markets in Worksop and Retford would be re-opening from this weekend.

While we are exploring the possibility of holding a vastly reduced and limited essentials market in both towns, the Council did not endorse this message and we wish to be clear that we will not be holding any form of market until we are completely satisfied that the public and traders are not unnecessarily put at risk.

Guidance issued by the Government indicates that, similar to supermarkets, market stalls which offer essentials such as grocery and food can continue to trade provided arrangements are in place that encourage social distancing and protect the public and traders. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Government guidance also states that people should only leave the house for very limited purposes such as “shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

With this guidance in mind, we are in the process of reviewing whether it is appropriate to hold markets in Worksop and Retford and whether suitable and robust arrangements can be put in place to maintain social distancing and public protection, for example; a proper queuing system and that traders have measures in place for safe payment.

When and if we are satisfied that all these measures can be put in place and that the safety of the public, traders and our staff is not being compromised, will we make an announcement about any future specific ‘essentials’ markets.

Last Updated on Thursday, June 11, 2020