Preston market set to reopen

One of Preston’s biggest retail attractions is to reopen from next week, after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased by the Government.

By Phil Cunnington
Thursday, 28th May 2020, 12:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 1:00 pm

The outdoor market at Preston Markets will reopen from Wednesday (June 3), welcoming back the long standing, independent traders.

To help maintain the social distancing guidelines, the outdoor market will begin by trading on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm, until further notice. The market will trade with a reduced number of stalls, providing adequate space for customers and the traders to shop and browse safely.

Coun Matthew Brown, leader of Preston City Council said: “Reopening the outdoor market is great for the local community of Preston, the customers and independent traders. This is a key step towards the high street reopening and welcoming shoppers back into the city centre safely.

Preston outdoor market is to reopen after the Government eased restrictions on retail outlets

!It has been great to witness the support of Preston Markets from the people of Preston through this difficult time and I would encourage everyone to continue to shop local and support our independent businesses who are anchored in our community during this unparalleled time.

“We look forward to welcoming back the other traders to the Market Hall and Box Market, when it is safe to do so.”

According to the council, advice was sought from health & safety specialists to discuss the new layout and safest way to re-open, while floor stickers will be installed to help social distancing and monitor queuing.

The second-hand market will not reopen yet, the council said, due to difficulties with ensuring social distancing measures are maintained.

If you are isolated by Covid-19 and need help, visit the city council website for more information at preston.gov.uk/prestontogether, ring 01772 906777 or email [email protected]