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Preparations underway for reopening of Tamworth market

Tamworth-marketTamworth Borough Council’s Economic Development team are working closely with the operators of Tamworth market to prepare for its safe reopening this June.

LSD Promotions, which operates the market on the council’s behalf, runs a number of markets across the region and has put together a plan for how they can safely reopen.

In Tamworth we are hoping to get the market up and running again as soon as possible, and in a managed way, with the co-operation of the market operator, individual traders, town centre businesses and members of the public visiting the stalls.

The location of the market will need to give consideration to social distancing requirements for the market, other street traders and the wider town centre businesses.

As a number of measures need to be put in place, we are currently aiming for the first market to be held on June 16, to coincide with the wider opening of the town centre, assuming the Government’s tests are met for this date.

Cllr Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “We all want our town centre businesses and traders to get up and running again as soon as they can, but as with everything at the moment, the main focus will be on protecting people from the risk of coronavirus.

“We need to ensure that any return to activities is carried out in a way that continues to control the spread of the disease as much as possible. This means working together to create as safe an environment as possible, which protects workers and members of the public – and ensures people feel confident to return to the town centre.

“As a council, we’ll be working closely with town centre businesses and other partners to help facilitate that safe return to work and more information will be available on all the safety measures being taken, ahead of the wider reopening.

Government guidance for businesses to create safe working environments is available at www.tamworth.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-available.