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Wigton market to return following coronavirus suspension

Jonathan Irving

Jonathan Irving

Posted on 23 June 2020

The open-air market in Wigton town centre will re-start on Friday (June 26) following its suspension earlier this year due to the coronavirus.

The resumption in Wigton follows on from the successful return of markets in Workington and Keswick last week which saw shoppers and traders return to the streets for the first time since March 23.

All markets in Allerdale were suspended in line with Government guidance on coronavirus however, open-air markets are now allowed to reopen as ministers continue to ease lockdown restrictions.

When Wigton market returns a number of safety measures will be in place, meaning some regular visitors will notice some changes to their normal experience. These include:

  • Hand-washing/hand santiser units will be in place across the market site while traders will also be required to provide their own hand-washing facilities
  • Extra cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • Signage reminding members of the public to adhere to social distancing guidelines and encouraging frequent hand-washing will be on show
  • Stalls to be spaced at least 2m apart and markets will be running at a reduced capacity

Allerdale Borough Council took the management of markets in the district in-house from June 1, 2020 and the decision to bring markets back has been done in consultation with the town council, traders and local councillors. 

Mike Johnson, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for economic growth, community development and placemaking, said:

“We had some great feedback from customers and traders at our markets in Workington and Keswick last week with everyone happy to see them back.

“Therefore we’re delighted to be able to bring back Wigton’s market this week and we hope the community will show their support to the traders and town centre businesses as we all look to help the economy bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus.”