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Outdoor Markets will help reopen Worcestershire for business

Published Tuesday, 26th May 2020

Worcestershire is welcoming the reopening of outdoor markets and car forecourts following a government announcement.

Yesterday (25th of May) the government announced that outdoor markets and car forecourts can be reopened following social distancing guidelines.

The announcement also came with news that non-essential retail businesses will be able to open with social distancing measures from 15th of June.

Councillor Ken Pollock, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council said: “Outdoor markets are a big part of Worcestershire life and many of our rural businesses depend on them. We have a number of towns in the county that have thriving outdoor markets such as Bromsgrove and Kidderminster, so this is a welcome step towards getting Worcestershire reopen for business.

“Outdoor markets increase footfall to our high streets so paired with the reopening of non-essential shops on the 15th of June we hope that this will offer a boost to our towns. Traders will already be making plans to make sure that their premises are safe for reopening. The Council and our local district council colleagues are ready to advise and support in this process.” 

A survey of businesses in Worcestershire done by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Worcestershire Business Central found that 70% of businesses cited lack of cash flow as a key way in which their business has been affected.

The government announcement will allow retail businesses such as clothes shops, toy shops, furniture shops and electronic shops to reopen on the 15 June with social distancing measures in place.

Businesses like hairdressers, cafes and pubs where there is an increase in person to person contact will remain closed.

You can find ways to get help for your business, by visiting the Covid-19 business support pages on the One Worcestershire website.