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Published June 18th 2020
Get your shopping done here as market finally reopens
A traditional market in the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth has made a welcome return to local streets following the coronavirus lockdown. The new-look market is now spread out over a wider area to help comply with social distancing measures, with additional measures also being taken by individual stallholders to minimise the spread of the virus. The market has initially reopened with a reduced number of stalls as not all traders chose to return immediately following the three-month lockdown, but shoppers should still be able to find the majority of the market's regulars, even if they may be in different locations. Tamworth Borough Council's economic development team and health and safety specialists worked closely with market operators, LSD Promotions, to ensure the market could return safely to the high street. And there was no shortage of shoppers when the stalls did reopen on Tuesday.
The market, which will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm, will now be spread out along George Street, in Lower Gungate, and in St Editha's Square. Stalls will not be situated in Market Street or around the Town Hall for the time being. Councillor Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming the market back to Tamworth together with the non-essential retailers which have been closed for so long. We've spent a long time working with the market operators to make sure the location of the market takes account for social distancing and additional measures that need to be in place to protect stallholders and shoppers. We needed to ensure that any return to activities was carried out in a way that continues to control the spread of coronavirus as much as possible. This means working together to create as safe an environment as possible, which protects workers and members of the public – and ensures people feel confident to return to the town centre."
More information for businesses, including all the COVID-secure guidelines, risk assessment templates and downloadable posters, can be found on the new Shop Safe web page at www.tamworth.gov.uk/shop-safe