STREET markets will return to Hereford from Wednesday (June 3) after the easing of lockdown restrictions by the Government paved the way for their return.

As lockdown restrictions are eased, from June 1 outdoor markets can reopen and sell any items, including non-essential ones like flowers, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said.

Then from June 15, all other non-essential retail stores can reopen, but only if the businesses can abide by social distancing rules on their premises.

Ministers were keen to stress the date could change if reductions in coronavirus infections fail to meet expectations and the experience will be very different, and before reopening, bosses must consider who is essential to be on the premises, plan for the minimum number of people needed on site and keep across the mental and physical wellbeing of staff.

The organisers of Hereford's markets said they will return Wednesday to Saturday each week, with amended stall layouts and other social distancing measures in place.

The markets were suspended on March 28 at the start of the coronavirus lockdown, but the produce and craft market will now be back every Thursday and the first Saturday of each month.

Meanwhile, the retail market will take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.