Epsom markets will "fully" return with physical 'social' distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus from Thursday (June 4), the council have confirmed.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) announced Tuesday (June 2) that a full return to typical market practices, albeit with enforced distancing between customers and sellers, would start this week following a change in government guidelines.

Markets across the UK were only permitted to sell food after tight lockdown measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus were brought in.

A full range of products will now be on sale again as quaratine measures are relaxed, EEBC said:

"Epsom Market will fully return this Thursday and Saturday (4 and 6 June) following the recent change to Government guidance, allowing stallholders to sell their full range of goods.

The monthly Farmers Market will take place this Sunday (7 June) and the monthly Vegan Market will take place on Sunday 28 June.

"When the Covid-19 restrictions were introduced, market stalls were only able to sell food, but now they can sell all items again."

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Committee at EEBC described the new regulations as the "new normal" amid the ongoing pandemic.

“In its 300 years of operation, Epsom Market has overcome many challenges and as in the past, and working with the traders, we will overcome this latest test.

"Safety is paramount and we politely urge shoppers to follow social distancing and take notice of the on-site signage and measures in place, in order to keep themselves and our stallholders as safe as possible.

"The shopping experience will be a little different but people will hopefully get used to it quite quickly," he said.