Markets in Blackburn and Darwen set to reopen

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has announced that markets in both towns will open from Monday.

The markets closed to follow social distancing regulations at the end of March, though many stallholders continued taking phone and online orders and offering doorstep delivery.

The council has been working with traders to make the markets 'COVID-Secure' and customers at both markets will see some changes to ensure social distancing can be maintained and minimise the risks from coronavirus.

As well as continuing to follow social distancing, customers will also see other changes including one-way systems within the markets, which are clearly marked on the floors. To facilitate the one-way system, only one main entrance and exit will be used. Hand sanitisation stations have been installed and staff will be available to assist and guide customers.

Some cafés and coffee shops will be open but only available for take-away food and drink to be consumed away from the market.

Councillor Phil Riley, executive member for growth and development, said: "It’s good news for our town centres that both markets are able to reopen next week although there will be changes in the way that the markets operate and the numbers of people in the markets at any one time will be limited.

“Many of the traders have been doing a magnificent job by offering a range of ordering options to customers, keeping fresh food and essential supplies going out to the community and I’d like to thank them for their hard work."

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