Coronavirus (COVID-19) - how it is affecting our services


Coronavirus outbreak: Chesterfield Borough Council services update – 23 July

As we move into the recovery phase of our response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council will continue to assess and respond to new requirements and will modify service provision in line with the latest Government guidance.

Chesterfield’s Artisan Market   

Chesterfield Borough Council is delighted to see more people visiting the town centre, indulging in some retail therapy and supporting local market traders.

With footfall in the town centre on the up, the council is pleased to announce that the popular Artisan Market will also be returning from Sunday 26 July. To support customers to social distance, the Artisan Market will move from its usual location New Square to Main Square.

Chesterfield Artisan Market organised by The Market Co. is one of the highlights in the town’s events calendar and takes place on the last Sunday of every month.

Visitors will find a range of high-quality authentic goods whether it is something for dinner, a gift for a friend, a treat for someone special or simply stocking up on essentials that you can’t get elsewhere – Chesterfield Artisan Market has something for everyone.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “It has been great to see so many people back in Chesterfield town centre, supporting our retailers and having a good look around our fantastic markets.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming traders and shoppers back to the Artisan Market. By supporting its return, the council is taking another important step in reopening the high street.”

Denise Valente, from The Market Co. said: “The Market Co is very much looking forward to delivering the Chesterfield Artisan Market this coming Sunday.

“We have worked closely with the council’s markets team to ensure the safety of our traders and customers. We are moving over to the larger market ground as it is easier for us to manage social distancing and will be implementing a number of other measures to build confidence.

“Our artisans are really excited to be back and can’t wait to welcome their regulars and also new customers to their stalls."

The safety of those who live, work and shop in Chesterfield town centre remains the council’s number one priority. The council has been working closely with The Market Co. to make sure customers can maintain safe social distancing whilst enjoying the town centre and the Artisan Market. As a result of this work the decision has been taken to move this month’s Artisan Market from New Square to Main Square. The additional space will make it easier to ensure that social distancing guidelines are being observed.

The decision to re-introduce the Artisan Market has been made following the successful restart of both the general markets and the flea market and the return of non-essential retail to Chesterfield town centre from Monday 15 June.

As footfall in the town centre continues to increase, the council is also now able to invite new market traders to trade on its general markets, autojumble and flea market. Details on how to obtain a stall can be found on the council's website.

The council is also pleased to report that the Record Fair is set to return to Chesterfield town centre on Sunday 16 August. The fair, run by AA Record Fairs, will take place in New Square on the third Sunday of the month, between 9am and 3pm.

Use of face coverings in the town centre

From Friday 24 July, it will become mandatory to wear face coverings in supermarkets and other shops.

In line with the latest Government guidance, Chesterfield Borough Council is advising all shoppers to wear a face covering when visiting shops, the Market Hall and the Pavements Shopping Centre to help protect each other and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The council is also urging more people to choose reusable face coverings, rather than single use facemasks which are not biodegradable and not recyclable.

Using a washable, reusable face covering not only helps to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste being created, it also means that supplies of clinical standard facemasks remain available for NHS staff and other key workers.

A reusable face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head or one that you have made at home. There are many patterns available online. These can then be washed at 60 degrees, to be ready to use again.

First published on 23 July 2020 Last updated on 23 July 2020