Skip to main content

Markets: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 45190, tabled on 10 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on markets; and what discussions he has had with local authorities that operate markets on the provision of Government financial support for markets during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

18 May 2020

Retail markets are part of the fabric of towns and cities across the country. With the current closure of outdoor and indoor markets, with the exception of market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food, Government has been working with key stakeholders in the retail markets industry to monitor the impacts of the current situation and explore what support is needed, including the National Association of British Market Authorities, who liaise with local authorities and the Local Government Association.

We agree that retail markets will have an important role to play in helping the revival of high streets and town centres in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Government will continue to work with the retail markets industry to help facilitate this.