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Coronavirus: Skipton market re-opening today

Coronavirus: Skipton market re-opening today

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 10th June 2020.

Skipton Market is re-opening today with some changes in place.  

  • Skipton Market is re-opening today with changes to allow for social distancing.
  • It will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays - with road closures in place from 10am to 4pm on market day. 
  • The High Street will be closed to traffic on those days.

The market will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays - with road closures in place from 10am to 4pm on market day.  The closures will be between Jerry Croft and the roundabout at the bottom of the High Street.

The High Street will be closed to traffic on those days to allow safe social distancing.

Market stalls will then be able to face towards the road, so that customers queuing for the stalls will not interfere with other customers on the High Street.

Skipton Market

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council, said:

“We know many traders are keen to get back to work as soon as it is safe for them to do so, and we believe these plans will help boost the local economy while keeping customers and workers safe."

Councillor Karen McIntyre, Chairman of Skipton Town Council’s Market Committee, said:

“We are looking forward to seeing our regular traders return to the High Street and have been working closely with partners to ensure this can happen in as safe and welcoming manner as possible for users of both the Market and other town centre businesses.”

"We have kept in contact with our traders over the last three months, assisting them wherever we could, and have recently been speaking individually with them to help ensure they can prepare for their return. We will continue to work with them as the Market starts to reopen.” 

Geraldine Thompson, BID Manager & Director, said:

“These are unprecedented times, and Skipton BID is working in partnership with the District and Town Councils to facilitate a smooth re-opening of our town centre. There will be lots of new challenges to overcome, and closing the High Street on market days should create the space needed for the markets, businesses and their customers to stay safe."

The government announced on May 25th that market traders in England will be permitted to resume trading from 1st June 2020, and non-essential shops are allowed to reopen from Monday, June 15.