Non-essential shops in Oxford’s Covered Market are set to reopen from Monday 12 April following the further lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.
The market, which is managed by Oxford City Council, has been open for essential shops, and several traders have continued to use it to offer 'click and collect' and delivery services.
From next week, the Government will allow all non-essential shops to reopen – providing they continue to implement measures to meet social distancing and hygiene standards.
The City Council has been guided by the national policy in reopening the Covered Market.
It is expected that most non-food traders, such as fashion and gift stores, will open next week.
The City Council has been working with traders to incorporate the latest Government guidance and to make their units as safe as possible for shoppers. Shoppers at the market will still be expected to follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings.
Traders are required to follow the Government guidelines.
These measures include:
- Restricting the number of people inside the unit to enable people to maintain social distancing
- Leaving doors open so that shoppers do not have to touch door handles
- Providing hand sanitisers where necessary
- Wearing face coverings
The market will be open seven days a week, and the trading hours will be Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm, and 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays from 18 April. The opening hours of individual traders are likely to vary.
The public can keep up to date with which traders are open and their opening times on the Covered Market’s social media and website.
For more information, please visit the Covered Market website.
Some of the Covered Market’s restaurants and cafes, following Government guidance, can only offer a take-away service. The Government has indicated that these businesses could reopen fully from mid-May.
Alongside the reopening of the market, non-essential shops and businesses are set to reopen in the city centre.