OUTDOOR markets in Worcestershire are set to reopen as part of further lockdown easing measures announced by government.

On Monday (May 25), the government announced that outdoor markets and car forecourts will be able to open if they follow social distancing guidelines.

Bromsgrove Market will reopen on Tuesday, June 2.

It was also confirmed that non-essential retail businesses will be able to reopen in accordance with government measures from June 15.

Councillor Ken Pollock, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Outdoor markets are a big part of Worcestershire life and many of our rural businesses depend on them.

"We have a number of towns in the county that have thriving outdoor markets such as Bromsgrove and Kidderminster, so this is a welcome step towards getting Worcestershire reopen for business.

“Outdoor markets increase footfall to our high streets so, paired with the reopening of non-essential shops on June 15, we hope that this will offer a boost to our towns.

"Traders will already be making plans to make sure that their premises are safe for reopening.

"The council and our local district council colleagues are ready to advise and support in this process.”

A survey of businesses in Worcestershire found that 70 per cent of businesses cited lack of cash flow as a key way in which their business has been affected by coronavirus.

The government announcement will allow retail businesses such as clothes shops, toy shops, furniture shops and electronic shops to reopen next month.

Businesses like hairdressers, cafes and pubs will remain closed until further notice.