Rockland Farmers’ Market COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

Rockland Farmers’ Market COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan
Farmers' Markets have been identified as being “essential businesses and operations” by the
Governor’s Executive Order. The Rockland Farmers’ Market takes this role seriously, and has
implemented measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in order to protect the
public, our vendors, and our customers. These measures will remain in effect for the duration of
Maine’s public health civil emergency.
To continue to supply agricultural products to the community during this emergency, we are
paring back our market from a social gathering to more of a grab and go experience where
customers efficiently shop without socializing with the farmers, fellow customers, or passersby.
We are asking everyone to work together, have patience, and choose kindness.
Please check out our Vendor List for updates on ordering options or changes in their attendance
at market.
Customers, Please:
● Do not come to market if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, loss of smell &
taste, cough, shortness of breath), if you are otherwise ill, or have been exposed to
anyone with COVID-19 or symptoms of illness. Have a friend do your shopping or look
into several of the vendors who are doing home delivery options.
● If possible, have one person do the shopping for the household, rather than a group.
● Make quick transactions, avoid socializing, bring your own hand sanitizer and wash your
hands when you get home.
● We are not allowing onsite food consumption or any beverages sold by the cup. All
prepared foods must be taken as “to-go” items.
● No sampling of any kind is allowed.
● Only touch the items you are buying and have patience for each vendor’s changes to
their booth and display.
● Practice social distancing while in line and be sure to read the signs posted for other
changes at market and at individual booths.
Changes for Vendors:
● Do not come to market if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, loss of smell &
taste, cough, shortness of breath), if you are otherwise ill, or have been exposed to
anyone with COVID-19 or symptoms of illness.
● Follow CDC recommendations for wearing a non-medical purpose mask/face covering.
● Arrange your booth and checkout procedure so that staff and customers can comply with
social distancing requirements, such as during shopping and checkout.
● Do not allow customer handling of unpurchased merchandise
● Vendors will bring a portable hand washing station to market for employee use only. Or
bring an ample supply of hand sanitizer.
● As needed, remind customers to refrain from long conversations and to encourage quick
shopping.
● Encourage processes for shoppers to preorder, if possible.
● Pre-package foods when possible to “grab and go” bags
● Ensure that staff handling either product or money, vouchers, and credit cards wear non
porous gloves. Ideally two people would staff each stand, one handling only payments
and one handling only products.
● If you are operating your stand solo that member must do one of the following:
○ Use one gloved hand for products and the other for cash/payment. It is best that
you hold the product hand behind your back so the public can see the difference.
○ Wash and dry between each crossover from product to payment and vice versa.
○ Use hand sanitizer between each crossover from product to payment and vice
versa.

 

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