Sandbach Market begins to get back to normality

hen the Government announced that some shops and businesses could reopen, Sandbach Town Council allowed some of the stalls at Sandbach Market to get back in business (writes Stewart Green).
Three firms took advantage of this - a pie stall, grocer’s and the egg stall returned to their spots outside the town hall and the Black Bear. A fishmonger has continued to serve from the side of the town hall every Thursday and Saturday throughout lockdown, along with making deliveries to the vulnerable and online orders.
Sandbach Town Council said it was “taking the first steps towards officially reopening parts of Sandbach Market” on 28th May, with a limited outdoor market around the outside of the market hall which, in line with Government advice, will accommodate Thursday food traders who wanted to trade.
The council also officially reopened the outdoor Saturday market to food traders on Saturday.
Traders will be responsible for social distancing on and in the immediate vicinity of their own stalls (in the space for queuing), and shoppers are asked to respect any guidelines individual traders may have.
The food shops in the market foyer will also be open, as they have been throughout.
Over time, the council plans to gradually reopen the rest of the market by taking decisions on a weekly basis and in line with Government advice.
Some people suggested on social media that stallholders had not been consulted about the reopening, but the council said that some of the non-essential stallholders were told by email.
One of the stallholders said he “didn't think many would turn out for the first week”, but said as word got out that stalls had returned, there should be an increase in stalls and patrons.
It was hoped the plant stalls would return today (Thursday).