CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has confirmed that there has been a "small number" of positive Covid-19 cases at Chester Market.

The authority said direct or close contacts of those affected have been traced and are now self-isolating for two weeks.

Council leader Louise Gittins confirmed that public health officers are working with staff and traders to "offer guidance and prevent the spread of Covid-19", adding that "regular and robust" cleaning is in force at the market.

Essential traders and those offering takeaway services at Chester Market remain open for business during the current national lockdown, which is due to end after December 2.

Cllr Gittins has encouraged people who visit or work at the market to continue playing their part by "supporting those who are self-isolating".

She said: "The council is committed to protecting the health of all our residents and will assess, investigate, manage and contain cases of coronavirus in any setting.

"Public Health officers are working with staff and traders at Chester Market to offer guidance and prevent the spread of Covid-19 following notification of a small number of positive cases.

"Contact tracing has taken place and any direct or close contacts of the positive cases are now confirmed to be self-isolating for 14 days.

"There are regular and robust cleaning regimes in place at the market and traders are taking individual measures to keep shoppers safe. Council patrols are also carrying out regular spot checks to make sure all Covid-19 security measures are in place.

"We encourage everyone who visits or works at the market to continue to play your part by supporting those who are self-isolating, washing your hands regularly, wearing face coverings in enclosed areas and keeping two metres away from others.

"Anyone who does develop symptoms should get a test by calling: 119 or visiting:"