Covid-19 Update

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Covid-19 Update

18th March 2020

Hi there

The Trust believe that in this challenging time people should be eating fresh, healthy, locally produced food and as a farmers market we are ideally positioned to be a fundamental  link in a healthy food chain.

The Trust strongly believes that the market is an essential service and therefore the market will continue to operate. The circumstances and public health guidance surrounding safe health practice in relation to Covid-19 is changing frequently. OFMT is monitoring public information and will communicate with customers via the newsletter (ie email), our website and social media channels when there are updates. Please keep an eye out for updates as the circumstances are continually evolving.

  • There will be changes at the market for the foreseeable future. They are:
  • No tastings of any kind.
  • No communal seating or tables.
  • No buskers.
  • No market kitchen.
  • No cup library.
  • Volunteer trustees will be monitoring numbers at the market.
  • Customers will be encouraged to flow through the market maintaining social distance.
  • Families and flatties are asked to have just one member coming to the market to shop.
  • Vendors who are unwell must stay away from the market.
  • Customers who are unwell or at risk must stay away from the market.

 

Covid-19 is transmitted via hands and human contact.  Vendors will be responsible for frequent hand washing, hand sanitiser and sanitising work surfaces, wearing gloves where appropriate and where possible limiting cash handling to just one staff person, who doesn’t then touch product.

Everyone must sneeze and cough into elbow if need be.

Some vendors will decide not to operate. This will enable us to maximise space between individual vendors. Please when queuing for goods leave space between each other. Best practice suggests that the use of keep cups at this time is not ideal. Coffee vendors may chose to refuse keep cups from customers or pass you the coffee make in their cup to put in to your keep cup. You may see more goods pre-packaged.

Please remove used tissues with you rather than depositing in our waste bins.

Hand sanitiser will be available from the market hub for your use.

We ask you please in this very difficult time to act responsibly and use common sense to reduce risk. We firmly believe that we need access to fresh, healthy, locally produced food. We ask you to support our local farmers and artisan food producers, many of whose livelihoods depend on their weekly trading at the market.

Finally look after yourself and each other. We have a very caring and loving community and it may be that you can offer to shop at the market for a neighbour or friend who is unable to attend. Some vendors may be open to taking orders and delivering. All vendor details are on our website.

We are committed to the welfare of our vendors, customers, staff, volunteers and community.

Arohanui

Kate, the Trust and Staff.

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