COVID-19 - updated government guidelines
A national Lockdown has come into force from 6 January 2021.
The Government has advised people to follow the rules with immediate effect.
Remember: ‘Hands. Face. Space.’
The transmission rate is extremely high and it is imperative that we follow all the COVID-19 safety rules on our markets to ensure the safety of our traders and the general public.
The government has now issued new enhanced legislation: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England)(No. 4) Regulations 2020 and new guidelines.
All of our existing street trading licences and associated charges remain suspended as they have been since 16 March 2020. If you wished to continue trading you must submit an application for a temporary licence to the street trading team in writing to the firstname.lastname@example.org. No trading should take place until it has been formally authorised and any unauthorised trader will be classed as illegal street trading.
The Government has announced new government restrictions. Guidance is legally in force from 6 January 2021. The process outlined above still remains in place, and from 6 January 2021, temporary licences will only be approved and issued to those traders applying to sell the items permitted in the Government's updated guidance issued on 4 January 2021.
In light of the updated guidance, temporary licences will be approved and issues to traders only applying to sell the following permitted items:
- Food Stall (take away only)
- Bicycles, bicycle repair, and bicycle accessories
- DIY tools and supplies
- Food, ready to eat and groceries
- Pet food and supplies
Other non-essential retail can remain open for click-and-collect where the sale has been made online or by phone and the customer is only visiting the stall to collect their purchase/make payment. If reopening as a click-and-collect service there must be a prominent sign reminding people that you are not serving passing trade.
If you break the rules:
The Police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
Note: This advice is subject to change if Government advice is amended. You will be notified of any future change.
Note: All temporary licences issued for the next two weeks for non-essentials goods are now withdrawn and all traders wishing to sell non-essential goods on click and collect will need to contact the email@example.com for an updated licence.
The following people can apply for a temporary street trading licence:
- licensed trader (forecourt, kiosk or street) with Camden or any other London local authority
- registered casual
- registered assistant
Licences are issued on a daily and weekly basis and there is no charge for the licence or for trading. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of:
- the market or street trading location you wish to trade at
- goods that you would like to offer for sale
- days on which you would like to trade
Safety is our priority and we are ensuring that our markets meet all Government guidelines and legislation. There are no pre-allocated pitches and there is no guarantee that the same pitch will be allocated each time.
For those of our traders who are unable to trade, information about support is updated on our dedicated webpage.