Minnesota Farmers' Market Association 


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


COVID-19 Precautions at Minnesota Farmers' Markets as of May 7, 2021

Guidance summarized from Executive Order 21-11, as amended by Executive Order 21-21 for farmers’ markets that operate indoor or outdoor settings from Friday, May 7, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) through May 27, 2021.

 (Download printable PDF summary - C19 Precautions from 5-7-21)

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.

Recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, so the risk of COVID-19 transmission increases when people gather together. Several key strategies can reduce the risk of getting sick or transmitting COVID-19:

·    Wear a well-fitting face covering. See Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecoverfaq.html).

·    Keep at least 6 feet of physical distance from other households and wash hands often.

·    Get tested. See COVID-19 Testing (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html)  for information about who should get tested and how to get a test.

·    Stay home if you are sick or were exposed to COVID-19. See If You Are Sick: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sick.html)  and Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/quarguide.pdf).

·    Get vaccinated. See the MDH COVID-19 Vaccine webpage (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/index.html).



Basic Requirements for All Farmers’ Markets

Face covering

·    Customers and visitors must wear a face covering:

o   In any indoor business or public indoor space.

o   In any outdoor venue with more than 500 people in attendance.

  • So in outdoor venues with fewer than 500 people in attendance, no masks are required for customers or visitors

·         Workers (vendors, market staff, etc.) must wear face coverings in any indoor space; and must wear face coverings outdoors in any situation where social distancing of at least 6 feet from others cannot be maintained.

Face shields are an option for people who cannot wear a mask for medical or disability reasons


Hand hygiene practices

Provide instruction, signage, facilities, and supplies to encourage regular handwashing and sanitizing. See Hand Hygiene (www.health.state.mn.us/people/handhygiene/index.html).

Cleaning and disinfecting

Establish a regular schedule and checklist for cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces (workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, doorknobs, etc.), shared items, shared equipment, and high traffic areas. Continue to perform other routine environmental cleaning according to established schedules and procedures.

·    See Cleaning Your Facility (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html) for information about when to clean, when to disinfect, and general guidance for routine cleaning.

·    Use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) List N for products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. See EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-coronavirus-covid-19). Use as instructed to ensure effective disinfection.


FARMERS’ MARKET With No Onsite Food Consumption or Activities

(including no food sampling)

          Indoor Farmers’ Market

          Outdoor Farmers’ Market

  • Capacity limits remain in place according to state guidelines and local maximum occupancy limits
  • Continue to limit shopper numbers and calculate square footage so 6’ social distancing can be maintained
  • Shoppers have to wear masks
  • Workers (vendors, market staff / volunteers / etc.) have to wear masks
  • 6’ social distancing must be maintained
  • Handwashing stations and sanitizers required
  • Market Info Booth (SNAP machine, etc.) is allowed
  • No capacity limits - so, no need to count people and calculate square footage for distancing
  • Shoppers do not have to wear masks or socially distance if there are fewer than 500 people present
  • Shoppers have to wear masks but are not required to socially distance if there are more than 500 people present
  • Workers (vendors, market staff / volunteers / etc.) have to either maintain 6’ social distancing OR wear a mask at all times
  • Handwashing stations and sanitizers required
  • Market Info Booth (SNAP machine, etc.) is allowed


Maintaining Vendor-to-Vendor and Vendor-to-Customer Precautions

Workers in indoor farmers’ markets are still required to be BOTH masked and socially distanced at least 6’ from others. Workers in outdoor farmers’ markets are still required to be EITHER masked or socially distanced at least 6’ from others. These provisions remain in place because of worker protection and safe workplace requirements mandated by OSHA and Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry.

Review worker protection obligations:
https://www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/MN_worker_protections_related_to_COVID_19.pdf

An option to achieve distancing is to keep 6’ separation between vendor stalls and only allow shoppers to shop from the front; or wider spacing between stalls if you allow customers to shop from both front and sides. Use extra tables or other barriers to keep customers 6’ away from vendors.

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.

Hybrid Farmers’ Market and Venue

If your market wants to add back in activities that cause people to gather, then your market will be considered a “Venue,” and will need to follow the Guidance for Entertainment and Meeting Venues in addition to other farmers’ market requirements:
https://staysafe.mn.gov/industry-guidance/entertainment.jsp

Examples of activities: music, food demonstrations, clowns making balloon shapes, Extension Master Gardeners’ information booth, kid activities where they gather/ linger, etc.

Indoor Venue Requirements
Face masks AND 6’ social distancing are required for all visitors and workers

  • Groups of up to 10 people are allowed. Distancing of 6’ is required between groups
  • Capacity limits must be calculated and occupancy limited to ensure 6’ distancing can be maintained
  • Live entertainment is only permitted by performers who are designated by the venue
  • Music performers, including karaoke, must stay in a designated performance area, remain masked, and maintain distancing of at least 12’ while they are performing
  • No dancing allowed

Outdoor Venue Requirements

  • Face masks OR 6’ social distancing are required for all workers in outdoor venues.
  • For venues of fewer than 500 people, face masks and social distancing are NOT required for visitors.
  • For venues of more than 500 people, face masks are required but social distancing is not required.
  • There are no capacity limits; you do not need to calculate square footage or limit entry.


Onsite Food Consumption (including food sampling)

If a farmers’ market, either indoor or outdoor, wants  to allow food consumption on the premises, then the market is required to follow the Restaurant & Bar guidance in addition to other farmers’ market requirements:

https://staysafe.mn.gov/industry-guidance/restaurants-bars.jsp

Indoor food consumption requirements

  • Markets could designate a specific food consumption area, or have seating for food consumption throughout the market
  • Face masks AND 6’ social distancing are required for all visitors and workers in the food consumption area. If the market chooses to offer seating for food consumption throughout the market, then all vendors and staff must wear a mask at all times, regardless of 6’ distancing, and regardless of what type of product the vendor is selling
  • Capacity limits must be calculated according to the Restaurant and Bar guidance, and occupancy must be limited to ensure 6’ distancing can be maintained
  • Groups of up to 10 people are allowed. Distancing of 6’ is required between groups
  • Customers must remain seated while consuming food or beverages

Outdoor Food Consumption Requirements

  • Markets can designate a food consumption area, or can allow food consumption throughout the market
  • All workers in the food consumption area must wear a mask. That means if food consumption is allowed throughout the entire market space, all vendors and staff at the market must wear a mask at all times, regardless of 6’ distancing, and regardless of what type of products the vendor is selling
  • No capacity limits on customers unless there are local restrictions in place
  • No group size restrictions
  • No distancing requirement for customers
  • Customers can stand or walk around while eating or drinking
  • If fewer than 500 people in the space, customers are not required to wear a face mask
  • If more than 500 people in the space, customers are required to wear a face mask

Personal care services

Personal care services include massage, manicures, hair care, etc. These can be allowed at farmers’ markets if the personal care service provider follows the Personal Care and Salon Businesses guidance, in addition to other farmers’ market requirements.

https://staysafe.mn.gov/industry-guidance/personal-care-and-salons.jsp

Indoor personal care services

  • Social distancing of the worker and customer of at least 6’ from all other persons
  • Face coverings are required. Either both the worker and customer wear face masks; or the worker wears both a face mask and face shield if the customer does not wear a mask

Outdoor personal care services

  •  Follow general farmers’ market guidance that requires all workers to either wear a face mask OR maintain 6’ distancing



Zoom

Invites to upcoming MFMA webinars and recordings of recent webinars related to COVID-19 and more 

Guidance for Markets

MFMA guidance for Minnesota farmers' markets and vendors during COVID-19

Stay Safe Minnesota

Tip for shoppers on how to stay safe and what to expect at markets this season.

Food Regulations 

Information for Minnesota farmers' markets regarding regulations on pre-ordering and online sales

Forms and Templates

Documents for notifying FNS of delayed or canceled markets, & COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.

Minnesota Farmers' Market Association /// 9800 155th Street East, Nerstrand MN 55053 /// info@mfma.org 

Communications Director: Kim Guenther /// kguenther@mfma.org /// (573) 470-4445 

Director of Member Services: Jesse Davis /// jdavis@mfma.org /// (218) 259-9675 

Executive Director: Kathy Zeman /// kzeman@mfma.org /// (507) 664-9446 

       

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