COVID-19 - LATEST MARKET INFORMATION
With the increasing pandemic of COVID-19 sweeping across the country, Lymington and Pennington Town Council are keeping an eye on developments as they happen and will using this webpage as a central source of information for our traders to access details on trading on Lymington market. We will update this page frequently with any decisions or changes as they occur, so please keep an eye here & our Facebook page.
29th May 2020
Lymington Market will re-open on the 6th June 2020 as a trial with a limited number of traders. The opening times are 9am – 4pm.
Whilst legislation allows for outdoor markets to re-open from 1st June, they must be Covid-19 safe, and we need to trial this with a reduced number of stalls before fully re-opening the market. A dozen food and plant stalls will be on the high street in the first week.
If the first week is successful we will seek to safely increase the number of stalls the following week.
We have investigated many options, and whilst closing the road would be the easiest for the market, the number of residential properties and business that require access to the High Street make this option unviable. We would have to allow access to these properties and could not then safely manage pedestrians.
We look forward to the market restarting and all our traders being able to quickly return.
Further to the new guidance released today (13 May 2020) Lymington and Pennington Town Council would like to clarify that outdoor markets are one of the businesse venues that must remain closed, with the exception of a livestock market or stalls selling foods.
The decision was taken to close Lymington market completely as it was felt that the nature of the High Street does not allow for the current social distancing rules to be carried out effectively. It was not taken lightly, but to ensure that mass gatherings do not happen, to ensure reduced social contact & to protect public safety for everyone – traders, pedestrians and customers alike.
While we are keen to get traders businesses up and running, we will continue to follow government guidance and are working with NAMBA to devise a way for a reduced market to reopen in some form. We have no clear details or timescale as yet.
TRADERS CURRENTLY OFFERING ONLINE SERVICES OR DELIVERY DURING COVID-19:
Plants Plants and
SCT Crackling, Fudge & Nuts www.sct-sct.com
Sam Long Ltd Fruit and Vegetables https://www.facebook.com/samlongltd or 07912 505065 deliveries available in the New Forest Mondays & Saturdays
Blackwater Pork Pork Butcher email@example.com or 07887 543342
Catleys Chilled Food Pies, Cheese, meats, Cakes https://www.facebook.com/catleychilledfoods/ or 01373 465874
Wayne Bellows Fruit & Veg https://www.facebook.com/W.BellowsFruitVeg or 07968 066357
Authentique – Artisan & Organic Cakes, Bread, Pies, Pastries – Deliveries available https://www.facebook.com/elmazthebaker or 07856 237435
Advice to traders– 25 March 2020
Market will temporarily close from this coming Saturday, 28 March 2020 until
This decision hasn't been taken lightly and we have been watching & waiting to hear what the Government’s advice would be before we contacted you all. This is a very difficult time for the whole nation and we must always put the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, traders, visitors and the wider community at the top of our priority list.
The situation has now been clarified in the latest ministerial guidance advice. Outdoor and indoor markets are to be closed, except for outdoor food markets. Those Market authorities who can operate, are expected to closely follow the social distancing measures previously announced, and ensure that people stay at least 2 metres apart. We do not believe that we would be able to effectively deliver this arrangement in Lymington and have therefore taken the decision to cancel the market in order to protect everyone concerned.
These are tremendously challenging times for one and all and must to be taken extremely seriously. The latest Government advice is to remain at home, to protect the NHS and to stop all gatherings of more than two people in public in order to protect lives.
Our thoughts are with you & your families and whilst we fully appreciate that Lymington Market is an important part of your life and livelihood, we all now need to play our part.
The Town Council can confirm that your standing order payment for pitch fees can be temporarily frozen. You will need to take responsibility for doing this via your online banking system. We will keep this situation constantly under review and we will be in contact as soon as we can with suggestions of how we can offer support to ensure that Lymington Market can continue once the crisis is over.
In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourself, your loved ones and your neighbours. We need each other during these tough times.
Lymington and Pennington Town Council
CURRENT MARKET POSITION -SATURDAY 21st MARCH - Going ahead.
Advice to Traders- Wednesday 18 March 2020
"With the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) changing every day, however the current position of the Town Council is that Lymington Market will continue to stay open for as long as possible or until Government advice states that public markets should close. This position is to support the community in accessing fresh food and goods and encourage traders to continue their business in the best way they can in these currently unsettling times. Whilst we would like as many traders as possible to continue to trade, the decision on whether to come is, of course, at your own discretion.
Should you make the decision to trade then please follow all Government guidelines on handwashing frequently and ensuring your stall remains clean and is wiped over frequently too.
In order to support traders over the coming months the Town Council, with the support of guidance from NABMA , will be looking at a range of options aimed at providing community leadership to enable the Market to continue, whilst supporting traders to continue to trade and keep functioning. More details will be supplied in the coming weeks.
The safety of staff, traders and members of the public is taken very seriously and therefore if you have any reason to think that you may have contracted COVID-19, are over 70 years old or have any underlying health issues yourself, then please follow Government advice which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response and do not attend the market. In these circumstances, please contact the Market Supervisor ASAP & inform them if you won’t be attending or if easier email firstname.lastname@example.org
NABMA have suggested that advice & guidance for your business can be found at https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline Business Support helpline 0300 4563565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm).
We look forward to when the risk of the virus has abated and when the market can be fully functioning again, until then we remain grateful for everyone’s support, patience and understanding during this current stressful, unprecedented times and would like to wish you the best of health always. "