Our markets are COVID Safe Events
While it may seem like business as usual, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and have procedures in place to ensure we are doing our part to stop the spread.
We have changed the layouts at both our Miami Farmers’ Market and Palm Beach Farmers’ Market to make it easier for people to maintain social distancing, introduced hand sanitizing stations and installed instructional signs as a reminder to stay safe and healthy. We have also introduced COVID-19 Safety Officers to monitor social distancing and recorded messages play periodically throughout the market as a reminder to our customers to comply with our COVID-safe plan.
Farmers’ markets are recognised as essential sources of fresh healthy food by Queensland Health. Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young said:
“I wanted to reassure you that outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable markets, farmers’ markets and other similar fruit and vegetable suppliers, can continue to remain open. Markets are a vital source of supply for fresh food to the public and we need these locations to remain open. The risk of contracting COVID-19 while attending a market is low. In a market environment people will be moving about and spending little time in static close contact; this reduces the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in these environments. All Queenslanders have a vital role to play in responding to this health event. I would urge all fresh food markets to remain open and accessible to the public; the sale of this food is an important part of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
We must all work together to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. When next at our markets, please remember:
- Keep your social distance of 1.5m where possible
- Use card over cash wherever possible
- Use bags to pick up your produce
- Don’t pick up products you don’t plan to purchase
- Sanitise your hands using the hygiene stations in key locations around the market
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water where possible
- Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm, not with your hands
- Dispose of tissues immediately into a rubbish bin after use and then wash your hands
- If you do have to cough or sneeze into your hands, wash them immediately before touching anything else
- Stay home if you are unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, headache, distorted sense of taste, loss of sense of smell, fatigue, chills, vomiting, diarrhoea, runny nose or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours.
We must say a huge thank you to all of our customers for your ongoing support of both the Miami and Palm Beach Farmers’ Markets, and for your patience with the ever-evolving situation. We love seeing your smiling faces every week as you gather with friends and family to support local farmers and small businesses. See you on the weekend!