Blackburn Market is open. Our trading hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday. Food is still only available to take-away.

You should still observe social distancing when shopping. Please help us all by following these simple guidelines, designed to ensure that the market remains a safe place to shop and work. We are all in this together, and we each have a vital role to play.

Here’s a quick guide and answers to some answers to questions you may have.

Please help us, by following these simple guidelines

UPDATED - Wear a face covering

In England, you must by law wear a face covering in the market and also any shops, shopping centres, supermarkets, banks or post offices.

Exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated Link

You can use a range of face-coverings including scarves. This is a great page on ways to make a face covering too

Read the latest local guidance here…/

Do not enter the market if you have COVID-19 symptoms

You should not visit the market if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Neither should you visit the market if you are self-isolating, because someone else in your household has COVID-19 or symptoms.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Maintain Social Distancing of at least 2 metres

Stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with when outside your home or visiting the market. We have placed signage to remind you across the market. Please observe social distancing when waiting to be served at stalls.

You must only visit the market & any other shops with people you live with and you should practise social distancing from other people at all times.

Please follow requests from stall holders, market staff or our security team. It is for everyone’s safety. 

Follow directional signage

The market will be operating a new one-way system. Please follow the directional arrows on the floor.

We understand that this may mean you cannot follow your usual routes around the market or return to a stall you have already passed (without going on a slightly less direct route). We understand this may be frustrating, but it is for everyone’s safety.

The only entrances to the market will be on Church Street.

The only exit from the market will be the set of doors on Ainsworth Street opposite the bus station that are nearer to the glass tower entrance to The Mall.

Lifts from The Mall will be available for users with limited mobility, but we would ask that you respect this.

Wash your hands and reduce contact

Please wash your hands before and after visiting the market.

We have added several sanitiser stations to enable you to sanitise your hands whilst shopping.

Please also try to not touch surfaces and try not pick up any products from stalls, unless you are planning to buy them.

Some stalls may ask you to pick up your bags from a “pickup point” at the end of their stalls.

Please pay by contactless card whenever possible

Please try to pay for your purchases using contactless payments when possible and available.

Please by kind and respectful to our staff & stallholders

Our staff and traders have been working hard to make the shopping experience as safe as possible.

Please be respectful and follow guidance from our staff, security team or stallholders. It is to keep you and all of us safe too.

Let’s do this together!

  Answers to some of your questions

Is the market open?

The market is open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm. Food and drink is only available to take-away.

What days and times will the market be open?

The market is open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm. Food and drink is only available to take-away

Will all the stalls & shops be open?

Most stalls are now open.

You can check out which stalls are open today by visiting this page

Will all the usual entrances & exits be open?

All entrances are now open.

Will I need to queue to get into the market?

For everyone’s safety, there will be a limit placed on the total number of people allowed in the market at any one time.

On some occasions you may be asked to queue (following social distancing rules) at the Church Street entrance. A member of our team will be there to assist.

How will the one-way system work?

The one-way system in the market is for your safety and for us all to be able to social distance. This may mean you will need to take a slightly longer route to the stalls you want to visit.

Will the toilets be open?

A limited number of our toilets will be open, but please remember, due to increased cleaning routines, there may be a wait to use them.

Will all the cafés & coffee shops be open?

Some cafés & coffee shops will be open, and are now offering a take-away service only.

Can I still order by phone or online?

Many of our traders will continue to offer phone and online ordering, with delivery direct to your door.

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We will be updating this page with any changes and any more information.

If you have any other questions that are not answered above, please contact us:


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Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2021

We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19


  1. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
  2. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  3. We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
  4. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk