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Coronavirus: Newark Town Council closes thw Town Hall to the public - public urged to call or email rather than visit in person




Newark Town Council has taken a number of measures in the light of coronavirus, including the closure of the Town Hall to the public.

The aim is to maintain, wherever possible, the services that it provides to the community and give additional support where possible.

The Town Hall and town hall museum has have been closed to the public.

General view of Newark Town Hall and Market Place. 130819TV4-1. (18368943)
General view of Newark Town Hall and Market Place. 130819TV4-1. (18368943)

Town clerk Alan Mellor said: "Our main focus over the last few days has been to keep the market operational for as long as possible to maintain adequate but safe availability of food and other essential items in support of our community and the market traders who have been loyal to Newark Market over many years.

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"We are continuing to operate the market on all normal days.

"In line with Government advice it is essential to promote social distancing and basic hygiene to reduce transmission of the virus.

"As such we have rearranged the stall layout to provide a safer shopping environment with stall gaps providing for enhanced social distancing.

"Trading in an outside location provides a safer option than indoor shops for both the public and the trader, with a reduced risk of personal and surface transmission and we would welcome new users to visit Newark Market for their essential items.

"The Town Council is also supporting its regular traders and helping them to continue as a business at Newark Market, with a rent-free holiday.

"Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the scheduled Artisan Craft Markets for the foreseeable future and we may have to focus on essential products over the next few weeks."

Anyone needing to contact the town council can do so by calling 01636 680333 or by emailing post@newark.gov.uk

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