Given the rising Covid figures and introduction of Tier 2 status in Cheshire East, organisers of Macclesfield’s Treacle Market have decided to cancel the much-loved monthly, trading event this coming weekend.
The Macclesfield market, which traded in August and September with stringent measures in place, received hugely positive feedback for creating a safe yet welcoming environment.
For the last two months market organiser Jane Munro asked coach companies not to visit to help keep visitor numbers down and the market was pared back with orange-clad volunteers around the streets reminding people to socially distance.
Jane commented: “The cancelling of this weekend’s market has been no easy decision and I am upset at the loss of trade for the many small businesses it impacts on, but we are extremely mindful of the high Covid transmission risk both here and in neighbouring areas. I live in Macclesfield, love the town and have made this decision with the town in mind at this worrying time. We have sought out and listened to advice from Cheshire East Council who have been most helpful and whilst we could certainly trade legally at the moment, the direction of travel with Covid was not in our favour.”
Organisers will continue to monitor the situation on a month-by-month basis and will continue to endeavour promote the market’s traders on social media and its website to encourage visitors to shop with them online.
Jane added: “I want to say a huge thank you for the big-hearted support Treacle receives from our loyal visitors, it’s never simply been about shopping but about connecting sociably with our community in Macc. We very much hope we will be back doing just that before too long and I can’t help thinking about that lovely pumpkin trail we were organising only a year ago.”
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