All markets across County Cork are to be suspended with immediate effect, Cork County Council have announced.
That’s despite traders at the English Market in Cork City being permitted to remain open.
It comes on foot of new measures announced by the Government with regard to additional COVID-19 restrictions.
Markets in the county will remain closed for the duration of the restrictions.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle said: "The new restrictions announced by An Taoiseach yesterday mean that non-essential retail businesses and facilities, under which markets are included, must now close.
“In normal circumstances, our markets are a valuable social asset and source of great local food. But these are not normal circumstances and while I understand it may be upsetting for traders and customers alike, in these unprecedented times we must take unprecedented measures,” he added.
Councillor Doyle went on to reiterate the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that now more than ever it is important to support one another; we can still show compassion and kindness but just remember to keep a minimum of 2 metres distance and to adhere to HSE advice,” he concluded.