Return of outdoor markets is good news for Moorlands towns

OUTDOOR markets and car showrooms are being allowed to reopen in England from Monday (June 1), as lockdown restrictions begin to be eased following the coronavirus outbreak.

The return of outdoor markets good news for the Staffordshire Moorlands three towns - Leek, Biddulph Cheadle - where an increase in shoppers is generally witnessed on market days.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week: ‘It is our intention to allow outdoor markets to reopen from June 1, subject to all premises being made Covid secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

"We know that the transmission of the virus is lower outdoors and that it is easier to follow Covid secure guidelines in open spaces. ‘That means we can also allow outdoor markets to reopen in a safe way that does not risk causing a second wave of the virus".

Mr Johnson added that non-essential shops will be allowed to open from mid-June ‘as long this change will be contingent upon progress against the five tests and will only be permitted for those retail premises which are Covid secure".

Staffordshire Moorlands outdoor market days:

LEEK

MARKET day in the town remains traditionally on Wednesdays, but the livestock market is nowadays on Tuesdays, after being moved out of town some years ago.

On the third Saturday of the month is Leek's Farmers and Craft Market and every first Sunday of the month is the hugely popular 'Totally Locally' Sunday Supplement Market, supporting a wide range of local producers, from a variety of foods to crafts.

BIDDULPH

Biddulph Artisan Market takes place on the first Friday of the month, between 9am and 3pm.

It can be found on the High Street between Wharf Road and Station Road with some stalls on the town hall frontage.

The market is full of attractive stalls, bringing shoppers from far and wide to sample the delights offered by specialist traders. There is a wide selection of locally sourced food and drink, plants, arts and crafts, textiles and so much more.

CHEADLE

SHOP for a bargain at Cheadle's weekly outdoor market, selling food and drink, crafts, clothing and homeware. Every Friday between 8am and 4pm on Greyhound Walk.

Cheadle Town Council also run several indoor markets throughout the year.

For more information on events in Cheadle, contact 01538 754288 or helen@cheadletowncouncil.com

Picture: Outdoor market day in Leek.



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