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Barking Market to reopen for essential traders next week

Stalls will be kept four metres apart (credit: Barking and Dagenham Council) 

Barking Market is set to begin reopening from next Tuesday after a range of safety measures have been put in place to protect shoppers and traders. 

It will reopen in two phases, the first of which will only allow traders selling essential goods to return. 

Stallholders dealing with non-essential goods are going to begin trading again the following week on Tuesday, 16 June. 

Barking Council has redesigned the layout of the market to ensure all stalls are at least four metres apart. There will also be less trading pitches and the market will only be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at first. 

“Our officers have been working very closely with the traders to ensure the market can open safely for everyone despite the difficult circumstances,” said Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety.

“We want the market to open but and we are committed to making sure that it is to done safely, and that both visitors to the market and traders operate according to set guidelines on social distancing.”

Council officers and marshals will be enforcing social distancing measures and people are reminded to remain two metres apart at all times. 

Shoppers are also asked to pay by card where and if possible.

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