TRADERS at Rotherham Market were trying to stay positive this morning (Tuesday) amid fears about a potential coronavirus lockdown.
The Government has advised everyone to avoid large gatherings and crowded places to try to control the spread of Covid-19 — and while stallholders were uncertain about what the future holds, for many it was business as usual.
Andrew Millard had been selling flowers at the market every Tuesday for nine years.
He said: “I just don’t know how the next few weeks are going to go — I don’t know what to make of it.
“We are just taking it day by day.
“It’s a bit of a nightmare.
“I am trying to stay optimistic because it’s all I can do.”
Jed Proctor runs a stall selling sweets from Ann’s Candy and baked goods from Will’s every Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
He said he expected markets would have to close down soon.
“It’s going to come,” he said.
“The main thing is the Government’s known about this for a long time before now.
“To me, they could have done more about it by now.
“It’s already been a tough year.”
Rotherham Market has been badly affected already this year by cancellations due to high winds and flooding.
Josh Stead is the third generation of his family to run Rotherham Book Stall, which is at the market every Tuesday.
He said: “They cancel the market for a gust of wind so Rotherham will be the first market to cancel if they have to close.
“If I don’t come to work I don’t get paid and my bills don’t get paid.
“I’m self-employed so if I don’t take any money I don’t earn anything.”