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

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.

So, in addition to food traders, the following can operate (England), where it is safe to do so:

• medical and health services
• pharmacies
• homeware
• bicycle shops
• garden centres and plant nurseries
• pet supplies
• newsagents
• Shops selling alcohol,
• post offices
• & also public toilets

The position on outdoor markets is that, apart from food stalls, they must remain closed. NABMA are seeking urgent clarification if the exemptions can be extended to outdoor markets.

NABMA will be updating its guidance on Social Distancing as soon as possible.

Markets are also reminded that the guidance for businesses should be followed and is available here:

Main Link:

Market traders and operators should pay particular attention to the guidance for “Shops and branches” and also the section in relation to “Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery”

Link to “Businesses that must close and exceptions”

Links to the exceptions in the devolved administrations can be found here:

Northern Ireland

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