Markets across West Suffolk to fully open to traders from Monday

Traders will be welcomed back to the markets in West Suffolk from Monday, April 12.

The five well known markets, in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall and Newmarket, have been operating with essential traders only since the lockdown started on January 4. The same is true for Clare market held on the third Saturday of the month, which returns on April 17.

But now the lifting of retail restrictions has been confirmed, non-essential traders will be returning to the markets, including clothing, jewellery, homewares, haberdashery, wool, cards, gifts and more.

Markets play an important role in the local economy, providing outlets for local produce and attracting shoppers to the high street. As well as varied seasonal goods, traders also offer the opportunity for regular, safe social contact with plenty of space and fresh air.

West Suffolk Council runs various events as part of its markets to encourage people to use the town centres and new businesses.

Everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce the risk of infection while supporting the local economy.

The council has worked with market traders and their representatives to ensure that measures and processes are in place to protect them and their customers.

As well as strict hygiene and social distancing measures, people will be asked to try to use contactless payment, leave space in queues and follow any directional signage.

The markets take place in:

Brandon every Thursday and Saturday 9am to 12.30pm;

Bury St Edmunds every Wednesday and Saturday 8.30am to 4pm;

Clare third Saturday of the month 8.30am to 2.30pm;

Haverhill every Friday and Saturday 8am to 4pm;

Mildenhall every Friday 9am to 3pm; and

Newmarket every Tuesday and Saturday 9am to 3pm.

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