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Ashton Market Hall introduces dedicated shopping hours to support vulnerable residents and key workers

Press Release: 23/03/2020

 

Ashton Market Hall is offering an-order-and collect grocery shopping service for key workers as the latest in a raft of new measures to support the local community.

Following further consultation with businesses and shoppers, key workers will from Tuesday, 24 March, be able to pre-order groceries using the Markets email – markets@tameside.gov.uk or tel 0161 342 2288. Orders can then be picked up between 4 and 6pm from Ashton Market Hall.

Payment and collection details will be provided once orders are confirmed. While businesses will endeavour to fulfil orders this service can only be provided while stock lasts.

The move is the latest in a number of new measures to be offered at the market. Access to the market is being prioritised between 8 and 10am, Monday to Saturday for those in high-risk groups. This will help ensure they can buy the food and essential items they need without coming into contact with other members of the public. There is also a dedicated hour for key workers between 4 and 5pm.

A key worker is a public-sector employee who is considered to provide an essential service. To clarify, NHS staff, care workers, teaching staff, police, fire sService and any others who are performing essential services throughout this unprecedented time will qualify for this service.

Please be aware that market operations are being reviewed daily and any arrangements are subject to change

Tameside Council Executive Leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “We are striving to keep the market hall open so that we can continue to supply essential items to our residents and support our local traders.

“The introduction of the priority hours will allow those who are more at risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of contracting Covid-19 to keep a safe distance while they get the items they need locally. Our hardworking key workers will also benefit from the order and collect service as well as a dedicated hour of trading to support keeping them safe and well so that they can continue to fulfil their crucial roles.

 “We are currently experiencing large queues and numbers of people in the market and so, in order to protect the health of shoppers, traders and staff,  I would encourage people to shop responsibly and follow the social distancing guidelines in place. We are working with our traders to ensure items are well stocked but we all need to work together to help ensure this important service can continue running and that those who need it most, aren’t left without.

“The people of Tameside have once again stepped up to the mark and have been playing a part by looking out for vulnerable family members and neighbours and delivering essential items. Please keep up the good work while making sure you protect yourself and others by adhering to the social distancing advice.”  

To keep up to date with changes to local services, advice and support, including volunteering opportunities, visit www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus or follow Tameside Council on Twitter and Facebook.

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