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Markets remain open for essential supplies


There is varying policy on markets throughout the county – see below to find out if your local market is open.


Cheshire East Council

As part of measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, all markets run by Cheshire East Council – both indoor and outdoor – will close with immediate effect.

This includes: Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe.

These markets will remain closed until further notice.


Knutsford Market Hall

Open, with additional social distancing measures and only three traders currently operating – The Market Butcher, Jonty’s Fruit & Veg, The Plastic Free Weigh.

(Normal market days are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. PFW are only attending on Tuesday and Friday.)

Other traders are arranging delivery / click and collect, and this can be arranged via contact details on the Knutsford Market Hall website.

Card payment is encouraged, and strict hygiene rules are being enforced.


Cheshire West and Chester Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed that all council-run markets in the borough are currently open, in line with government guidance and only for the purchase of essential food, groceries and pet food.

Markets are currently open from 9am until 5pm (Chester Market and Ellesmere Market open at 8am), with the first hour reserved for NHS staff and vulnerable customers.

A food and grocery delivery service is available; traders can be contacted directly to arrange orders, collection and delivery wherever possible.

For a list of contact details, please email: or call 01244 973 040. Priority will be given to the elderly and vulnerable.

Cllr Richard Beacham, said: “Since starting their new delivery service last Thursday, market staff have helped to facilitate over 380 community deliveries of food via market traders across all our markets.”

All seating areas are now closed customers are being reminded to apply social distancing rules and remain two metres (three steps) away from other people.

Further guidance will be available at each market and there will be stewards and floor tape to help customers with distancing.

Cllr Beacham added: “Please be a considerate shopper and not bulk buy, so that food supplies continue to be available for the whole community.”

Trading days:

Chester Market open Monday to Saturday

Ellesmere Port Market open daily, except for Wednesdays. The Flea Market will now remain closed until further notice.

Northwich Market open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Winsford Market open Monday, Thursday and Saturday



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