Everything you need to know about the safe reopening of Calderdale markets
Calderdale Council is planning the safe, phased reopening of its markets across the borough with non-essential retailers able to return from Monday.
The Council runs two indoor market halls, Halifax Borough Market and Todmorden Market Hall, and regular outdoor markets in Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.
The market halls in Halifax and Todmorden, as well as the outdoor markets in Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, have remained open for the sale of essential food throughout the pandemic, with safety measures in place and staff advising people of social distancing rules.
From the week commencing Monday June, the outdoor markets will be open as follows:
Brighouse (Wednesday and Saturday)
Hebden Bridge (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Sowerby Bridge (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Todmorden (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
In line with Government guidance, from Monday June 15 Halifax Borough Market and Todmorden Market Hall will be open for the sale of non-essential as well as essential items.
People visiting markets must stay two metres away from others at all times, and follow the social distancing and safety measures that will be in place, such as floor markings and notices.
Customers should also wash their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching their face and follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance.
As per national advice, cafés and beauty salons in the markets will not reopen at present, and due to the narrow width of some aisles in the market halls, it will not be safe to reopen every stall at the moment as it is not possible to comply with the national ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines.
Car boot sales and second hand markets will remain closed until further notice – the Council will consult with those traders as it progresses the reopening.
National guidance for reopening has been made available to market traders, and the Council’s markets service has been supporting them to operate safely.
As well as indoor markets, from Monday all other non-essential retailers are expected to be able to reopen, provided they meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines.
This includes shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and electronics, and tailors, auction houses and photography studios.
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