Statement on the cancellation of markets and other events in Stockport

We are very sorry that the decision came so late in the week when many market traders had already started planning and making fresh produce for their weekend trade.

The decision to cancel the local Christmas markets and other events late last week has caused understandable upset and frustration to local communities, well-loved market traders and event organisers.

We are very sorry that the decision came so late in the week when many market traders had already started planning and making fresh produce for their weekend trade. The decision not to allow the markets and other events was taken with a very heavy heart and was only done with the best interest of keeping our Covid infection rates down whilst we are in Tier 3 restrictions and with the hope that we can move to Tier 2 in the very near future. Please be assured that we are totally committed to supporting all our traders, small businesses and community event organisers, which play such a key part in our local economy, but we are doing our best to balance this with our primary responsibility of protecting the health and welfare of all of our Borough’s residents.

Because we value our well loved market events across the Borough we have offered a compensation payment to those traders who missed the opportunity to trade in Stockport this weekend, and we very much hope we can welcome them back very soon as we move out of Tier 3 restrictions.