Market goes on
The Margaret River Farmer’s Market will go ahead again tomorrow despite community fears about self-isolation requirements.
Market co-ordinator Katrina Lombardo reassured residents best practices were in place after residents decried the openair market when it ran last weekend. “The State and Federal directives state that authentic farmer’s markets continue to be an essential service,” she said.
Advice from the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River was that if risk-minimisation practices continued, there was no reason for it to shut down, Ms Lombardo said.
All transactions this weekend will be cashless, hours will be reduced to 8am-midday, and customers will be asked to follow social-distancing requirements. “Our stalls are spread apart and the space is a very large space and outdoors in the fresh air,” Ms Lombardo said.
“The fresh air and sunlight aid in the healthy shopping environment we provide the community.
“We have hand sanitiser available at both entrances, and all stallholders have hand saniti-ser available on their stalls as well.”
Stallholders would keep produce under wraps to minimise handling, which was better than local supermarkets, Ms Lombardo said.
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