Kirklees Council’s markets to stay open for essential goods only

The council’s markets in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, and Cleckheaton will be open on their regular markets days to provide local people with access to much needed essential supplies, specifically fresh food products such as fruit & veg, meat, fish, bread and dairy products. Some markets will also have stallholders who sell pet supplies.

In line with government guidance and to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are in place to ensure social distancing such as queue management has been put in place.  The markets and stalls are all sanitised in line with food hygiene regulations.

Queensgate and Cleckheaton markets will be open from 9am to 3pm Monday to Saturday

Huddersfield open market will be open from 9am to 3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Dewsbury market will be open from 9am to 3pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Cllr Rob Walker said: “We’re keeping the markets open to allow people to continue to buy essential goods from the stall they normally use. Our market staff will help ensure that social distancing is in place.  It will help reduce crowding pressures in supermarkets  by offering an alternative place to buy essential supplies.  It is also important that we support local food businesses to survive the crisis.  There will be no second-hand markets, or stalls selling non-essential items like clothes, so only visit if you really need fresh produce.  If visiting the markets we need you to follow the instruction to keep 2 meters away from other people. We can only keep the markets open if people act in a respectful manner, so please be patient if you are asked to wait before entering,  and be kind and respectful to our stallholders.”

5 comments

  • barbararushforth@btinternet.com

    this is stupid. People will be distancing themselves will they? I don’t think so. Think again
    Kirklees

    • I cannot believe you are opening the market , how are you going to man this ,will there be security to ensure the safe distancing.what stalls will be open ,are people using money or contactless ??
      encouraging people to go out and mingle this is a worry

      • Hi A Norbury, in line with government guidance and to help stop the spread of coronavirus measures are in place to ensure social distancing such as queue management has been put in place. The markets and stalls are all sanitised in line with food hygiene regulations. Our markets staff will be there to ensure social distancing. We aren’t asking people to socialise we are trying to help reduce crowding pressures in supermarkets by offering an alternative place to buy essential supplies.

        Where possible our traders are providing contactless options, where this isn’t the case they are taking all necessary precautions to limit the spread of the virus. Customers are advised to follow government advice to wash or sanitise their hands as soon as possible after handling money or anything that could have been touched by someone else.
        Kind Regards ^ CP

  • Caroline Joseph

    Stupid idea especially with the supermarkets open.

  • We are at home with disabled kids trying to complete an extension. We cannot get diy materials or tools anywhere. We are in lockdown and yet cannot do anything because no garden equipment shops or diy stores open. I think you should allow diy stalls to stay open it’s not like everyone going to flock like bees to the market, for garden things but these things are essentials to get the kids to have some exercise or play/relax in garden

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