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At the beginning of spring everything changed. We were all told to stay home. Took a while to realise that we can go out for good reason – if we need food, or hardware, to exercise, to walk the dog. It did not take long for the local councils to close car parks intended for tourists and visitors, and the police to discourage day tripping. Unfortunately this has had an effect on some local markets that not only provide day to day essentials including fish, meat, bread, natural cleaning products, but also attract visitors looking to enjoy a day out or a change from a visit to the supermarket. Here is a link to the government document about what is, and is not “allowed”.

At the time all the social distancing , and managing queues and discouraging visitors just seemed totally impractical, which made it simpler for some market managers and councils to close markets, rather than deal with the challenges required to start open. This has had some pretty bad effects for all the businesses that rely on markets to sell their produce, and will have knock on effects on the livelihood of many people. All part of the collateral damage.

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