Information for Markets regarding the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic

This page is updated daily, but users should always check for the latest updates on the links. 

The team at NABMA is available to support you 7 days a week. Members are encouraged to register for the website & Basecamp. (links below)

Our updates are posted to our website, Basecamp, social media & sent via e-newsletter.

SourceCategoryTitleUK LinkEnglandScotlandWalesNorthern Ireland
Government GeneralMain PortalLinkLinkLinkLink
Government Financial SupportSelf-Employment Income Support SchemeLink
Government Business InformationClosing certain businesses and venuesLinkLinkLinkLink
Government Financial SupportFinancial support for businessesLinkLinkLinkLink
Government Financial SupportCoronavirus Job Retention SchemeLink
Government Business InformationGuidance for employees, employers and businessesLinkLinkLinkLink
Government Business InformationGuidance for food businessesLinkLink
NHSHealth InformationNHS InformationLink
Government Food Safety AdviceAdditional Checklist for Food BusinessesLink
BRCRetail GuideCovid-19 Safe Operating in Shops FAQ Link
Government Business InformationGovernment notice to display (COVID-secure guidelines) EnglandLink
UpdatedGovernment Business InformationGuidance for Restaurants, pubs and barsLinkLinkLink
UpdatedGovernment Business InformationGuidance for Close Contact Services (E.g. Hairdressers)Link
Government Business InformationGuidance for Visitor EconomyLinkLinkLinkLink
UpdatedGovernment Business InformationFace Covering LegislationLinkLinkLinkLink
NewGovernment Business InformationCoronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 22 SeptemberLink
Fighting for the Future of MarketsCampaignNABMA's campaign for the support of markets & traders. Through our five point plan we highlight the essential support that we believe is needed to support, sustain and relaunch the markets industry.Link
Basecamp for MembersFroumBasecamp enables you to receive NABMA updates & network with other markets and get answers to your questions quickly.Link
Coronavirus NewsNewsThe latest news updates from NABMA relating to coronavirusLink
Digital AssetsDigital / PrintFree assets to support markets and tradersLink
Social Distancing for MarketsPDF ColourNABMA's guide for social distancing in markets. This guidance will be updated regularly. Free for membersLink



The NABMA Lockdown 3 Survey

08 Mar 2021

NABMA has produced a further survey as the markets industry looks towards the path out of lockdown 3 and the reopening of markets next month. Read more.

Tier 4 and Revised Guidance for England and Wales

20 Dec 2020

Following announcements by the Prime Minister last night, and revised guidance released this morning, the below are latest restriction and business updates for England and Wales. Read more.

Wearing of Face Coverings Increases

17 Nov 2020

Leading Mystery Shopping organisation, Storecheckers, has been tracking the wearing of masks in Britain’s High Streets. Read more.

Repair Services - Updated Information

17 Nov 2020

Following NABMA’s announcement about the concession we have secured for mobile phone repair shops to open further enquiries have been received about other repair services such as shoes and key cutting. Read more.

Mobile Phone Repair Services can remain open

16 Nov 2020

We have been advised by the Cabinet Office that, under the November restrictions, repair service businesses, such as mobile phone repair shops, are not required to close. Read more.


06 Nov 2020

Following further discussions with government officials, NABMA and the NMTF have agreed a revised statement on how we believe these regulations apply to markets in England. Read more.

Government – Closing Certain Businesses and Venues in England

06 Nov 2020

As a reminder, the Regulations allow for all markets stalls (whether indoor or outdoor) to be open, whether they are selling essential goods only or a mixed offering. Further information on what constitutes a mixed offering is within this guidance. Read more.


04 Nov 2020

Following the information provided yesterday on our meeting with government officials the Regulations have now been published. Read more.

Markets, Lockdown and Government – NABMA and NMTF Update

03 Nov 2020

Representatives of our respective organisations, NABMA and NMTF met with government officials Read more.

Research on Wearing of Face Coverings

09 Oct 2020

NABMA have been provided with updated research from our High Street partner, Storecheckers. Read more.

NABMA Survey Reveals Growing Fears for the Future of the Markets Industry

28 Sep 2020

NABMA has undertaken another COVID-19 survey following a request from government to update them on the state of the markets’ industry. Read more.

New QR Code Check-In System & Poster for NHS COVID-19 app

24 Sep 2020

Businesses are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters from today Read more.

Counter Service Food in Markets

23 Sep 2020

Having studied and taken advice on the latest updates from Government regarding changes to Food & Beverage service Read more.

Face Coverings in Markets - Clarification of new rules

23 Sep 2020

Following a request for clarification, NABMA has now received the following response. Read more.

UK retailers lose profits when customers do not feel COVID-safe

13 Aug 2020

NABMA has worked closely with Storecheckers over the last few years. They have shared for information their recent survey on businesses and COVID safety measures.  Read more.

Markets Return, but will some Survive? Survey Findings

20 Jul 2020

As markets and the high street slowly return then NABMA has invited its members to provide updates on market performance during the first month of restart. Read more.

£500 million Council Support - Recovering Lost Income

17 Jul 2020

A key part of the NABMA Support Plan for Markets was securing compensation for lost rents and fees during the pandemic. This has been a consistent element of our lobbying of government.  Read more.

Have your eligible traders registered for "Eat Out to Help Out"?

15 Jul 2020

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. Read more.

COVID-19 Lockdown #2

30 Jun 2020

With many markets affected by lockdown restrictions across the UK, we would appreciate a couple of minutes of your time to help us with our ongoing discussions with government. Read more.

The Market Start Back Experience Summary

20 Jun 2020

Many thanks to all those that took part in the informal catch up and sharing their experiences to date. Read more.

The Market Start Back Experience - Zoom Event

15 Jun 2020

NABMA would like to capture the experiences by inviting feedback from our members. Read more.

Government notice to display (COVID-secure guidelines) England

09 Jun 2020

As part of the guidance, we have provided a notice that businesses should visibly display in their shop window or outside their door Read more.

Our Market Moment in the Sunshine?

03 Jun 2020

Over the last 48 hours we have held NABMA Zoom meetings to capture feedback and the top tips from the outdoor markets operators that have met the 1 June start back. Read more.

Licensing Arrangements with Private Operators

03 Jun 2020

Many of our members will have licensing arrangements in respect of car boot sales and other market events. Read more.

Is the Future a Cashless Market?

02 Jun 2020

Markets have always been places where cash payments have been an important feature of the  business activity. Read more.

Important Guidance for Food Businesses - Additional Checks

28 May 2020

The FSA has developed a complementary check list to help food businesses re-open and operate safely, when allowed. Read more.

Industry Leaders Welcome Full Return of Retail Markets

27 May 2020

The retail market industry’s two leading organisations have welcomed the news that outdoor markets can fully reopen from 1st June, and indoor markets from 15th June in England. Read more.

Register for Government webinars - Working Safely

26 May 2020

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Read more.

NABMA and COVID-19 - The Story so Far - Fighting for your Future

26 May 2020

The last 3 months have seen NABMA on a daily basis seek to support our membership Read more.

Markets in England to Open and a Funding Opportunity

26 May 2020

Over the last three months NABMA has been in close contact with government discussing its Support Plan for Markets Read more.

Advice for Shops & Branches (including markets) has been updated for England

26 May 2020

Following our announcement yesterday about the phased reopening of retail in England, the Government have updated their guidance for shops & branches, which is the section that also covers markets. Read more.

Outdoor Markets in England allowed to Open from 1st June

25 May 2020

The Prime Minister has announced that outdoor markets can reopen and sell any item, including non essential from 1 June Read more.

Markets Opening Up? Press Reports

24 May 2020

Boris Johnson 'set to ease outdoor activity restrictions on markets, garden parties and National Trust sites in days' Read more.

IMPORTANT UPDATE Funding to Help the High Street and Markets

24 May 2020

The government has today launched the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. Read more.

NABMA Social Distancing Guide for Markets

20 May 2020

We are pleased to issue our updated NABMA Social Distancing Guide. Read more.

Market Rents & Charges

20 May 2020

The NABMA survey has revealed that over ninety percent of market operators have been helping traders by not charging rent and/or charges or deferring such payments for a given period. Read more.

Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Markets

18 May 2020

NABMA has requested that, as an urgent measure, the guidance for markets be revisited Read more.

Government confirm "Active and Ongoing Engagement with NABMA"

17 May 2020

NABMA has been working with various elected members of parliament and officials throughout the lockdown period Read more.

The Reopening of Markets - General Advice

15 May 2020

We know that many Markets have been doing a fantastic job since the outbreak of COVID-19 providing food supplies to their local communities. Read more.

New Guidance regarding Discretionary Grant Funding

13 May 2020

NABMA is pleased to receive the Guidance regarding the Discretionary Grant Funding Read more.

From FSA guidance for food businesses operating during Covid-19

13 May 2020

The Food Standards Agency has now collated guidance for food businesses operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more.

Government Confirmation: Businesses / Stalls that can operate in Indoor Markets

13 May 2020

NABMA has secured confirmation from the government that Indoor Markets can now open with an extended range of goods businesses / stalls that are in the exempt section of the latest advice. Read more.

Markets Endorsement from LGA Chairman

12 May 2020

“I completely agree with you about the important role that markets have played in the life of town centres" Read more.

New Government Guidance to help understand how to work safely

11 May 2020

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Read more.

Fighting for the Future of Markets - NABMA National Survey 2020

11 May 2020

National survey of markets that offered the information to evidence the five points of the NABMA Support Plan Read more.

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy and markets

11 May 2020

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy is now available online. Read more.

Latest Government Update Advice

11 May 2020

Following the Prime Minister's broadcast NABMA's view is that nothing has changed regarding the operation of Markets. Read more.

NABMA Guide to Market Halls and Social Distancing

05 May 2020

As many markets are considering how they will recommence trading at the appropriate time, then to assist that discussion NABMA has produced an initial set of guidelines. Read more.

Review of Business Rates for Markets

05 May 2020

Within the NABMA Support Plan for Market we are again reiterating that help is urgently required on the issue of business rates. Read more.

Top-up to Local Business Grant Funds Scheme

03 May 2020

NABMA is delighted that a priority set within its five point Support Plan for Markets, as communicated to government, has been recognised with the announcement that a discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses Read more.

Government Responds Positively to NABMA Support Plan

01 May 2020

This afternoon NABMA has received an email from government sources describing its recent updates on its work programme and press release on the fragility of markets as “incredibly helpful.” Read more.

The Future of UK Traditional Markets is at Risk warns National Association

30 Apr 2020

A new national survey of market operators by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) has resulted in over a third of traditional indoor and street markets across the UK sending back a very clear message to government – Read more.

The Message from Markets - "We Support our Traders"

24 Apr 2020

As the NABMA “Support for Markets” Survey heads towards its closing date, feedback already received from some 200 markets across the UK, shows the headline message is clear – “Market operators are fully supporting their local traders”. Read more.

Government’s Salary Subsidy Scheme

20 Apr 2020

NABMA is grateful to its Business Advisor for the below information. The government's Salary Subsidy Scheme opens to claimants today and below is an outline some of the key points. Read more.

Local Authority Workforce - Job Retention Scheme

18 Apr 2020

NABMA has received a query from a member about how the Government's Job Retention Scheme applies to local government workers and particularly those employed in Markets where the Market is closed. Read more.

NABMA Needs your Help with our Support Proposals for Markets

14 Apr 2020

NABMA has, together with other lobbying organisations, been a strong voice to help secure financial lifelines for thousands of our market traders. Read more.

Markets - Providing Exceptional Service during the Coronavirus outbreak

09 Apr 2020

In these difficult times markets across the UK are finding new ways to keep the key food supply chain moving to their local communities. Read more.

A letter to the Retail Sector from Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

09 Apr 2020

A letter to the Retail Sector from Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Read more.

Rental Loss Cover - Coronavirus

06 Apr 2020

On the basis of some questions raised within Basecamp, and with NABMA, we have taken some guidance from a NABMA insurance sponsor on rental loss cover. Read more.

NABMA Markets Support Plan – Government Response

01 Apr 2020

You will be aware of the five point support plan that NABMA submitted to government last week looking at trader, operator and start back support that the markets industry urgently requires.  Read more.

Self Employed – Government Support

27 Mar 2020

NABMA consultants have been reviewing the package of further government assistance in respect of the self employed announced yesterday.  Read more.


26 Mar 2020

Vital Support Required for Markets Now Introduction The Cities and Local Growth Unit is a joint unit between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Read more.

Prime Minister’s Statement

24 Mar 2020

The latest statement from the Prime Minister represents a step-change in the fight against coronavirus. Read more.

Latest Letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak - Local Markets and their Self-Employed Market Traders Need Your Support

23 Mar 2020

David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA, has sent the following letter to Rishi Sunak the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Read more.

Government Support for Markets

23 Mar 2020

Update following High Street Task Force Leader's Webinar Read more.


23 Mar 2020

Markets that are open should strictly be following the government’s guidelines with regarding to social distancing and the 2 metre rule. Read more.

Latest Government Update | Markets - Still Open for Business

20 Mar 2020

The government announcements this evening fundamentally change the leisure and hospitality position regarding continuation of trade. Read more.

Markets’ Association calls for urgent and detailed help from the Chancellor

20 Mar 2020

The body that represents markets across the UK is calling for urgent and detailed action from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Grants for Small Businesses to Mitigate Coronavirus Impact

19 Mar 2020

A key part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 2020 budget announcements was a commitment to offering some UK small businesses £3,000 grants to help mitigate the impact of coronavirus. Read more.

NABMA Update - Training Postponement

18 Mar 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, we have taken the decision to postpone the next sessions of the diploma course Read more.

Market Contingency Planning - Coronavirus

18 Mar 2020

NABMA provided general advice yesterday, and also practical guidance from John Walker, NABMA Consultant. Today more detailed guidance has been produced by Chris New, the NABMA Member Services Consultant. Read more.

Government Update - Planning rules will be relaxed for pubs and restaurants

18 Mar 2020

Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, the Communities Secretary has confirmed.  Read more.

Contact your Member of Parliament

17 Mar 2020

Further to our emails on the Budget and Coronavirus, below is a draft template of a letter that you may wish to send to your local MP seeking support and practical help for markets at this difficult time. Read more.

Supporting Markets and the impact of COVID-19 / Coronavirus

16 Mar 2020

In the last week we have witnessed the Chancellor’s Budget announcements around business incentives and the unprecedented and escalating position of Coronavirus and its resulting impact on our membership. Read more.

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