Ryedale District Council markets to reopen with social distancing measures in place: Market PRGloo

05 Jun 2020

Ryedale District Council markets to reopen with social distancing measures in place

Ryedale District Council is reopening Pickering and Helmsley outdoor markets from 8 June, with social distancing measures in place.

Throughout COVID-19, market stalls offering food and essential items have remained open, in line with Government guidance.

Now, as the Government allows open air markets to operate from 1 June, Ryedale District Council has put a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of the stallholders and visitors.

Cllr Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council said:

“We want to reassure our citizens and market traders that we’ve been doing what we can to make sure that our markets can reopen safely. We understand that some citizens may feel nervous about the amount of people visiting the markets, and at the same time, know the importance the markets have on the district’s economic recovery. If you’re visiting the markets, please do so safely."

It’s vital that everyone visiting the markets respects the rules on social distancing, so the layout of the markets have been adapted to ensure that social distancing can be adhered to. Hand sanitising stations will be placed at the entrance and exits, along with barriers in key places to help people stay safe, by staying 2m apart.

Ryedale District Council Officers will be at each market, to keep an eye and listen to any concerns. Banners will be on display and ‘maximum amount of customers’ posters have been produced for each individual market stall, to remind people to ‘protect each other, protect Ryedale’. Pavement stencilling is also being placed in areas of heavy footfall, marking out 2m safe distances. The stencilling is in environmentally-friendly chalk.

The Pickering market reopens on Monday 8 June:
• Pickering Market Place will be closed on Mondays as normal to traffic – allowing access for deliveries and emergency vehicles only.
• The current frontage of the stalls will be pushed back by one metre to comply with the Government guidance regarding 2m social distancing.
• Barriers will be placed at the rear of the stalls, to ensure the safety of the stallholders.
• Hand sanitising station will be available for use at the top and bottom of the Market Place.
• On the day of reopening, Council staff will be on site throughout the day to encourage social distancing and to answer any questions the public or stall holders may have.
• Ropery Car Park Toilets will be open.
• Signage will be placed on the barriers and in other suitable areas to encourage social distancing and hand cleaning.
• Yellow hazard tape and signage will be put up where the curb drops, to alert shoppers of the slight step down.


The Helmsley Market reopens on Friday 12 June:
• As per normal, it will take place in the square.
• Each stall will be well spaced out to allow social distancing.
• Barriers will be in place with signage attached to encourage social distancing.
• Hand sanitising stations will be on site, with posters on that encourage hand sanitising.
• On the day of reopening, Council staff will be on site throughout the day to encourage social distancing and to answer any questions the public or stall holders may have.
• Ryedale District Council public toilets will open.
• Signage will be placed on the barriers and in other suitable areas to encourage social distancing.

The Government announced that outdoor markets can reopen from 1 June once they have completed a risk assessment and have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure, in line with the current Health and Safety legislation to protect shoppers and workers.

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Notes to editors

The weekly Saturday Market and Monthly Food Market in Malton are organised independently by Visit Malton. Please see https://www.visitmalton.com/ for further details.