Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Governor Walz's Executive Order 20-81 on July 25 now mandates face coverings in certain situations when the 6-foot separation cannot be maintained.
Farmers' Markets Workers
In EO 20-81, Section 9d pertains to markets. Face coverings are required for all market workers (vendors, staff, interns, volunteers, etc.) if the 6-foot separation between all people, including shoppers, cannot be maintained.
Farmers' Market Shoppers
In EO 20-81, section 11e pertains to shoppers. When the 6-foot separation cannot be consistently maintained, then face coverings are strongly encouraged for all shoppers.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides a description of the various face coverings that can be worn for protection. Masks are prefered, but face shields are suitable when needed.
COVID-19 Precautions at Minnesota Farmers' Markets as of April 1, 2021
Summary of April 5th 2021 MDA and MDLI presentation at MFMA's Monthly Open Forum
Minnesota farmers' markets are considered “essential” and thus have our own ‘exclusion’ in the Governor’s executive orders. Markets should update your COVID-19 Preparedness Plans accordingly.
BASIC FARMERS’ MARKET - If your farmers’ market is operating as a basic farmers’ market, where your customers stop and shop for products, no lingering or gathering, no onsite food consumption (including no food samples) then there is no capacity cap for people at your market; plus:
Maintaining 6’ Social Distancing Between Stalls- For planning purposes, in order to keep 6’ social distancing between stalls and customers, plan on 22’ for each 10’ stall. If your stalls are 8’, then adjust to 20 feet.
Power of Produce, PoP+, etc.- All retail shopping activities like this, are allowed, as long as they do not encourage the shoppers to gather and linger.
Craft Vendors, etc.- As long as your location can physically handle non-food vendors, these vendors can sell at your market again.
FARMERS’ MARKETS as VENUES- If your market wants to add back in “Recreational” or “Entertainment” activities, then your market will be considered a “Venue,” and will need to implement more precautions. Examples of “Recreational” or “Entertainment” activities: music, sampling, onsite food consumption, food demos, clowns making balloon shapes, etc.
Hybrid Farmers’ Market and Venue - If your farmers’ market space is shared with another activity, like an informational trade show, whether indoors or outdoors, your farmers’ market must follow all “Venue” requirements.
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