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


Coronavirus outbreak: Chesterfield Borough Council services update – 30 April

Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council has been responding to new requirements and updating the services provided in line with the latest Government guidance.

All of the latest service-related updates can be found in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.

Markets and town centre

The indoor and outdoor markets are an important part of Chesterfield’s heritage and at this challenging time, there are a number of traders who are continuing to provide essential services to local residents. The council has ensured that these traders can continue to trade and has provided guidance on social distancing in order to help them comply with current restrictions and health and safety requirements.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We are working very hard to ensure that market traders and retailers in the town centre receive the support they need to trade safely. For over eight hundred years the market has been part of the fabric of the town and it is heartening that in this hour of need, traders are still there offering food and other permitted goods to local residents.”

Council staff are also ensuring that only one member of the public enters the market hall at any one time in order to maintain social distancing.

Traders on the open market who are continuing to trade are not being charged rent for their stalls and anyone who is not trading but plans to resume will not be charged back-rent when they stand next time.

Rent for the Market Hall traders has been deferred and they will not be charged interest on this. The council is also working closely with traders to highlight the various support programmes available to them. If any traders would like advice on these, please contact the council by calling 01246 345345.

Once restrictions on trading have been lifted, we will be working with traders to re-ignite our shop local campaign and to promote the town centre and its fantastic retail offer. Our ambitious multi-million pound ‘Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield’ project will also continue to improve and support our town centre offer. The next stage of the project will include working with the town centre’s stakeholders and bringing forward design and infrastructure options, with the aim of work commencing later in the year.

You can keep up to date with the latest news from the market including trading times by visiting the Chesterfield Market Traders Facebook page.

Parks and green spaces

Getting exercise and fresh air is important for our health and wellbeing at this time. If you are using our numerous parks and open spaces, please ensure you are following the Government’s social distancing guidelines. This means:

  • not meeting up with friends or family for games and parties
  • keeping at least two metres from anyone not in your household
  • not using play equipment or other facilities that are closed
  • sneezing or coughing into your arm or a tissue

Please do not use parks as a meeting place for groups, you should only be using parks for exercise with people in your household.

Cycling is great exercise and a great way to get around at this time. However, if you cycle in parks please stick to the pathways and be extra cautious around pedestrians.

All equipment including play parks, outdoor gyms and skateparks are closed to the public until further notice. The council has placed signs at these locations to highlight this and will take further action as required.

If you see large groups in parks, please report this to the police by calling 101. Only the police have the necessary powers to disperse groups and issue fines.

All of the latest service-related updates can be found in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.

First published on 30 April 2020 Last updated on 01 May 2020