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Coronavirus advice - markets

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Published: 16 January 2021

Last updated: 9 February 2021

Under national lockdown restrictions, all non-essential pitches in Westminster must close until further notice. This includes market traders, isolated pitches, portrait artists and Green Park and Bayswater Artists.   

Only stalls and kiosks selling essential goods can remain open. Street food and cafes must be takeaway or delivery only. 

What are considered essential goods?

What are considered essential goods?  

  • Food and groceries 
  • Hardware supplies 
  • Bicycles 
  • Pet supplies 
  • Newspapers or news magazines 

For an exhaustive list of businesses that can remain open, restrictions on service and exemptions please visit the GOV.UK website or view the legislation in full.

Trading in a COVID-secure way

For those traders whose commodities are considered ‘non-essential’ and therefore are legally required to close, the City Council will waive rent fees for that period. 

For those pitches that are continuing to trade it is essential you follow Public Health advice to ensure the safety of all traders and customers by: 

  • washing hands regularly with warm water and wear disposable gloves to limit contact 
  • where possible, encourage card payments to reduce the spread of infection 
  • not allowing shoppers to touch commodities 
  • keeping market stalls clean, and wipe down on a regular basis 
  • traders and their registered workers ensuring customers queuing 2 metres apart. This can be enforced through the use of queue markers, so people know where to queue. 
  • stopping trading immediately to reduce the risk of infecting others if a you or a registered worker develops symptoms 
  • stopping trading if you are a vulnerable trader and to inform Westminster’s Markets Team of this decision 

Read more about the UK government's guidelines.

Email the markets team on [email protected] if you need further advice or support.