Barnsley Market will begin its phased reopening on Monday 15 June. Town centre outdoor market to reopen from 1 June.
Following government advice on the reopening of non-essential retail, staff have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the market is as safe as possible for traders and customers when it begins to reopen.
Safety measures such as social distancing, tannoy reminders, separate entrances and exits, a keep left system, directional signage and managing capacity inside the market will all be in place. Cashless payments will also be encouraged, and where this isn’t possible, customers will be encouraged to have the correct change ready.
Shoppers will be encouraged to visit alone and to adhere to social distancing throughout the market. Shopping visits should be carried out as quickly as possible to allow other shoppers to come into the market and to shop and support the traders. There will be limited access to public toilets and no seating in the market.
Initially, the market will operate on reduced opening hours of Wednesday to Saturday, 8.30am-3pm, this will be kept under review to balance safety and demand from shoppers.
Market Kitchen and close contact business (hairdressers, beauticians) won’t be open at this stage, until further details are announced from the government.
Meanwhile, Barnsley’s outdoor market will reopen on Monday 1 June. All traders, both indoor and outdoor are carrying out assessments to ensure the safety of their customers and staff.
To support traders during this difficult time, all traders unable to trade have not been paying rents.
The rent break will be extended until 1 October for market traders inside The Glass Works – even if they resume trading on 15 June.
This support is in addition to the Small Business Rate Relief grant indoor traders received from the government as part of the support for businesses announced by the chancellor in March.
All outdoor traders are also being supported by a grant from the council up to the equivalent of six months’ rent to help them re-open from 1 June.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “From the start of this pandemic, we reiterated our commitment to our market by keeping food stalls open and trading where possible. Barnsley Market is the cornerstone of The Glass Works and we will continue to work with traders to make sure it’s a success.
“The safety of our customers, traders and market team is our utmost priority, and we’re working hard to ensure the market is as safe as possible as more of our indoor traders reopen on 15 June.
“We’re also doing all we can to support both our indoor and outdoor traders during this difficult time. Indoor traders won’t pay any rent until 1 October, even if they reopen on 15 June. This is not the case in many other local authorities or privately-operated markets, who are still charging rents for closed markets or plan to back-date rents when they reopen.
“The rent break is in addition to a grant we paid out to traders in March. The grants were paid to traders before we received money from the government.
“Outdoor traders are also being supported by a grant from the council and can apply for Self-Employed Income Support from government. They have been encouraged to submit claims.
“We hope that people will return to town centre, travel sensibly, spend in the local economy and more importantly, follow the safety advice in place. It’s important now more than ever to shop local and support Barnsley Market as we recover from the pandemic.”