The Cambridge City Council announced yesterday (12/03) that the Cambridge Market will reopen on 17 March for “road meals, sizzling drinks and all different licensed retail companies,” after being closed for the reason that starting of the third lockdown at the beginning of this 12 months.
This follows the initial phase of the market reopening which allowed for “recent meals and produce, crops and cycle providers” to renew operations from 18 January. All different companies weren’t allowed to reopen, with the Cambridge Metropolis Council citing nationwide lockdown restrictions and the potential attraction of crowds that might enhance the unfold of Covid-19 as causes.
The earlier resolution to shut important meals stalls as a consequence of worry of overcrowding was met by significant backlash from store owners and the public. An online petition was launched, placing forth that it was safer to buy meals outside, demanding for the Cambridge Metropolis Council to reverse their resolution. Food stall owners expressed concerns over the adverse impacts on companies, as well as outrage over the dearth of session of the Cambridge Metropolis Council in coming to a choice.
The Cambridge Metropolis Council has been working intently with the Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health group, representatives of the Cambridge Market, in addition to well being and security specialists in curating a market reopening plan. Throughout this course of, the chance of reopening was evaluated and mitigation measures put in place to stop the unfold of Covid-19: complying with the lockdown regulations and requirements for the reopening of businesses, social distancing and the frequent sanitation of surfaces shall be enforced.
Along with these pointers, the Cambridge City Council has also put in place additional measures, together with relocating stalls that appeal to lengthy queues to exterior of the market with extra space, placing up obstacles and indicators to facilitate a one-way system, and having marshals to make sure adherence to those guidelines.
This resolution is in gentle of the reducing an infection charges inside Cambridge. Nonetheless, the Cambridge Metropolis Council warned that guests ought to adhere with nationwide and native well being advisories, persevering with to be “cautious and solely go away house for a really restricted variety of causes, akin to shopping for meals and visiting an area park for recent air and train.”
Moreover, guests are additionally urged to go about their actions out there as shortly as potential and put on a face masks whereas doing so.
Cllr Rosy Moore, the Government Councillor for Local weather Change, Atmosphere and Metropolis Centre, said: “We’re nonetheless in lockdown so I might ask individuals coming to the market to do their buying promptly after which make approach for others. We’ve signage in place to assist and our marshals will provide assist and recommendation.”
The reopening of the market is “being monitored and stored below steady overview,” with future plans made for “additional phased reopening” till the market is again to its regular operations. These plans shall be produced consistent with the nationwide four-step lockdown roadmap and alongside session with the Director of Public Well being.
With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, different companies akin to non-essential retail, can expect to reopen from 12 April.
Moore, the Government Councillor for Local weather Change, Atmosphere and Metropolis Centre, commented the reopening of the market comes as excellent news for a lot of, with the Cambridge Market being the “centre of metropolis life”.
Moore continued: “The market supplies valued items and providers and we now have put in place measures to maintain consumers and merchants secure. Preserving individuals secure will all the time be our prime precedence.”
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