Lynn market re-opens with social distancing measures in place. Pictures: Ian Burt

Market stalls are returning to three West Norfolk towns as the lockdown restrictions are eased.

The government said markets could re-open from Monday and traders returned with their wares to King’s Lynn the next day. 

Hunstanton market is set to re-open on Sunday at the usual location in the Southend Car Park, off Le Strange Terrace.

Both markets are run by the borough council, which moved the stalls in Lynn back to the Tuesday Market Place as an extra safety measure.

Graham Middleton, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for business development, said: “I’m pleased to see the markets return to Lynn and Hunstanton and thank the traders for their co-operation.

“In Lynn all the borough council market traders have relocated to the Tuesday Market Place to keep the town centre safe, ensure social distancing can occur, and I appreciate their support with the move.

“It’s been a very difficult time for all traders and I welcome them back to the towns and look forward to seeing their trade recover as soon as possible.” 

Stuart Dark, the council’s cabinet member for emergency planning/COVID-19 response, added: “We have followed government guidance to re-open the markets in King’s Lynn and Hunstanton and thank the traders for their understanding with the new measures in place which include larger spaces between stalls and to monitor number of customers who visit their stall at any one time.”

The market in Downham Market, run by the town council, is set to return today (Friday).

Announcing the news on Tuesday, the council said the market would initially open from 9am to 1pm on Fridays.

“This is a phased return, so only five traders will be there this week, but obviously, if the government guidelines change, then the situation will be reviewed,” it said.