MARKETS in the Hambleton district are set to fully reopen next week in line with coronavirus restrictions.

The markets in Thirsk and Northallerton have been running with just food stalls since lockdown was imposed – but from June 1 Hambleton District Council says all traders can return to their high street slots.

Thirsk opens first – on Monday June 1, with Northallerton following on Wednesday, and then both on Saturday.

Traders have been given guidance on ways to operate safely for both customers and staff – and that social distancing measures can be followed.

It is hope the farmers market will return to Thirsk by July.

The council is also re-imposing car park charges in all its car parks from June 1 – they had been suspended during lockdown.

However parking will remain free for NHS staff, social care staff and volunteers displaying a valid badge – either government or North Yorkshire County Council issued.

Council leader Mark Robson said: “With more people returning to work and more people visiting our towns we need to return to previous parking arrangements.”

Car park users are being asked to be respectful of others and maintain social distancing.

There will be signs at the parking pay stations to encourage social distancing and reminding users of Government guidance. Enforcement will also be reintroduced across the county for on and off-street parking.