Bury Market to reopen to customers following virus closure

Bury Market Parade sign

Measures are being put in place to maintain social distancing and ensure that visitors have a safe and happy experience while shopping.

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

Councillor Jane Black, cabinet member for the cultural economy, 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."

The council is working within Government guidelines to put in place measures to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards.

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

Traders will also be contacted individually on how they can operate within these guidelines, and encouraged to use cashless payment methods.

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

Councillor Black added: "Many thanks to those traders who have remained open throughout this crisis to sell food and carry out home deliveries. All of us can't wait to see the full market bustling again, giving shoppers that unique atmosphere and bargains that Bury Market is rightfully famous for."

Bury Market dates back to the 1440s, and has won numerous national awards including being chosen as Britain's favourite market.

The council has just carried out a review to ensure that the market thrives for many generations to come, and is spending £1.3 million on major capital improvement works. The review includes a list of short, medium and long-term proposals to put Bury Market at the heart of town centre regeneration.

One immediate measure the council has taken was to give all traders a rent holiday to help them through the Covid-19 lockdown, at a cost to the council of £400,000.