Bury Market is to welcome back customers on Monday 15th June.

Most of the 300-plus stalls on both the outdoor and indoor markets will be open, except those which must remain closed for the time being under government rules, such as cafes and hairdressers.

Measures are being put in place measures to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards.

These will include using a limited number of entrances and exits, two-metre markings, a one-way system on some of the parades, and installing hand sanitisers.

Some restrictions will be in place for the immediate future, including a limit of 65 shoppers at one time on the indoor market, and the public toilets will remain closed.

Traders will be encouraged to use cashless payment methods and consulted on how they can operate within the new guidelines.

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Councillor Jane Black said: “Bury Market is rightfully called the jewel in Bury’s crown, and reopening for business will play a vital role in the revival of the town centre and our local economy.”

Bury Market has won numerous national awards including being named Britain’s favourite market.

The council has just carried out a review to ensure that the market thrives for years to come and is spending £1.3 million on major capital improvement works. One measure the council has already taken is to give all traders a rent holiday to help them through the Covid-19 lockdown, at a cost of £400,000.

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