Council delays decision to allow outdoor markets to re-open

STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands District Council has delayed its decision to allow outdoor markets to re-open, despite Government giving the go-ahead last week.

Council leader Sybil Ralphs explained: "As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease a little I fully understand the desire from business owners to be able to start operating again as soon as possible and from residents keen to resume some aspects of their daily lives.

“The council also wants to see people and businesses returning to our towns and villages and supporting our local businesses and the economy.

“However, it is essential that the necessary safety measures are in place before this can happen and I want to assure everyone that there is a great deal of work taking place to put these measures in place as quickly as we can.

“As people will appreciate, we need to be confident that our procedures for cleaning, ensuring the appropriate social distancing and meeting other Covid-19 requirements, are robust so that people can again begin to visit shops, markets, sports and play areas, and to use our public toilets and car parks, with full confidence that it is safe to do.

“This work is going on right now and we will re-open our facilities and amenities as soon as we possibly can with as much notice as we can give people.

“Until then, I would ask people to bear with us a short while longer and we’ll look forward to seeing you very soon.”


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