What should you expect at our 2021 markets?
Governor Ralph Northam amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. All farmers and business owners can protect employees and customers by encouraging them to wash their hands frequently, maintain six feet of physical distance, and following local COVID-19 safety measures and current food safety standards. Expanding current safety practices can help slow the disease spread in the community and reduce working days lost due to illness.
Executive Order Seventy-Two now states:
Farmers’ markets may continue to operate, provided such businesses comply with the Guidelines for All Business Sectors and the sector-specific guidelines for farmers’ markets incorporated by reference herein. Such guidance includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:
a. Employees and patrons must maintain at least six feet of physical distance between individuals who are not Family members, as defined below in section I, subsection D, paragraph 2, at all times. Employees and vendors must, where possible, configure operations to avoid congestion or congregation points.
b. Employees and vendors must wear masks over their nose and mouth while working at their place of employment. Exceptions noted in section II do not apply.
c. Employees and vendors must routinely clean and disinfect frequently-contacted surfaces during operation.
d. Patrons must wear masks over their nose and mouth according to section II.
e. Farmers’ markets must promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing employees, customers, visitors, the general public, and other persons entering into the place of employment with a place to wash their hands.
Please point at what you wish to purchase and let the vendor bag your items for you, when possible.
Remember to maintain 6-ft of distance between yourself and others attending the market. We encourage you to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, even for this open air market.
We provide hand sanitizer at our check-in desk.