Food only markets to be held across West Suffolk

Markets in West Suffolk have joined others across the country to become food-only markets with well-spaced out stalls and signs reminding shoppers to observe social distancing.

Yesterday (March 25) Bury St Edmunds market operated in a new format, following the same restrictions being put in place in Newmarket on Tuesday.

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.

Market stalls which offer essential retail such as grocery and food are classed as an essential service and in these unprecedented times, shoppers are asked to purchase their goods and leave as quickly as possible.

Shoppers are also asked to follow the social distancing two-metre rule especially if queuing; use the card payment facilities; and check to see if your neighbours need anything.

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 Tuesdays in Newmarket; on Wednesdays in Bury St Edmunds; on Thursdays in Brandon; and on Fridays in Haverhill and Mildenhall; and on Saturdays in Bury and Haverhill. They are operated by West Suffolk Council.

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