Guidance for those buying groceries from markets during coronavirus crisis
PUBLISHED: 13:31 26 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:58 26 March 2020
Provisions markets in West Suffolk remain open, but will only be selling food following Government instructions over coronavirus.
The markets in Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall have joined others across the country to become food only, with well-spaced out stalls and signs reminding shoppers to observe social distancing.
Market stalls which offer essential retail products such as groceries are classed as an essential service.
Yesterday Bury St Edmunds market operated in a new format, following the same restrictions being put in place in Newmarket on Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for West Suffolk Council, which operates the markets, said footfall was considerably reduced, indicating that shoppers were heeding advice only to leave home for essentials, and the two-metre rule was observed.
Customers expressed their appreciation that they could come out and shop safely, she said.
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West Suffolk Council asked shoppers:
•after purchasing your goods, leave as quickly as possible;
•although you are in the open air please follow the social distancing two-metre rule especially if queuing;
•if stallholders have card payment facilities please use them;
•if coming to the market check to see if your neighbours need anything.
The council spokeswoman said: “Markets are a vital part of the local food supply chain. Fruit and vegetable stalls offer produce from local growers and prevent seasonal produce going to waste in the ground. Locally raised meat and fresh caught fish is also available.”
Eight weekly markets are held in West Suffolk: on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Bury St Edmunds, on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Newmarket, on Fridays and Saturdays in Haverhill, on Thursdays and Saturdays in Brandon and on Fridays in Mildenhall.