WITH non-essential retailers reopening across Barrow borough, residents are being encouraged to shop local and support their high streets safely.
Gyms, beauty salons, and outdoor hospitality are once again welcoming customers through their doors due to the easing of restrictions.
And Barrow Market Hall is playing a crucial role in welcoming back shoppers to the high street, having had a makeover during the lockdown period, with walls, vacant market stalls and the Portland Walk gates all being treated to a refresh.
A spokesperson for Barrow Borough Council said “As we all know it has been a challenging year for all of our local traders, and with lockdown easing, it is crucial that we give all town centre businesses our full support.
“We are particularly excited about the revamped market hall opening. We know it’s a popular place to visit and it will be fantastic to see stallholders doing business once more. We have had three new businesses open during lockdown and other traders have expanded their businesses and revamped their stalls.
“As ever, safety will be of paramount importance, and we have worked hard to create new signage across the town centre to remind people of their responsibilities.
“Barrow has been fantastic in keeping to the rules, and we must ensure that we continue to do that on the path out of lockdown.”
One of the largest indoor markets in the county, Barrow Market Hall is open from today, Monday April 12, and every, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am till 5pm.
The Outdoor Market’s opening times are every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am till 5pm. Non-outdoor market days Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
During the national lockdown, a number of traders operating from the Market were able to take orders from customers online and over the phone while offering a delivery service.
Shoppers are advised to:
Continue to wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser in indoor venues
Maintain social distancing as much as possible
Plan ahead for all journeys, and download the RingGo app to pay for parking in town centre pay and display car parks
Book in advance if you plan to visit a cafe or restaurant.