Day: 23 March 2020

Our country and county are shutting around us. All Shropshire Council buildings are closed from tonight. We cannot press a pause button on the council’s operations. There are essential services that must keep running and vulnerable people to support. I am not suggesting the council can’t continue operating. It will. The council has been working for years to ensure that staff can work remotely. Many staff have already been working from home for several days. But this will be a challenging test of how effectively Shropshire Council’s staff and councillors can work remotely. But we live in challenging times.

Ludlow Town council has now cancelled the market. Reduced stalls, non-food markets cancelled. But you can still get a cup of tea. That’s the future of Ludlow Market during the coronavirus crisis. This is vital. Not everyone wants to shop at a supermarket. Not everyone feels comfortable with crowded aisles and queues to the checkout. Many people prefer to buy from independent traders rather than the international retail giants. Ludlow Market will be a socially distanced market from Wednesday. Only every second stall used. I observed behaviour in town today. It was very different from that even on Saturday. People stood at a respectful distance.

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