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Update on farmers markets

Loaves of bread for sale at a market stall.

The Castlemaine Farmers Market will go ahead with strict measures in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is allowing local farmers markets to proceed to enable residents the opportunity to access fresh, local produce during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The current advice from the Department of Health and Human Services is that outdoor food markets are an essential service. Council will comply with this directive while it is in place.

Council recognises local markets are an important place to shop for essential food, just like the supermarket.

Castlemaine Farmers Market, which meets weekly on Wednesdays and on the first Sunday of the month, has implemented a number of changes to ensure shoppers and market holders meet social distancing and hygiene requirements.

The markets have moved to Western Reserve to allow more space between stalls.

Other preventative measures include ground markers to ensure 1.5 metre physical distancing, the use of disposable gloves for stallholders when handling food and the widespread availability of hand sanitiser and hand wash stations. Market goers should use card rather than cash where possible. Stallholders are required to wash notes and coins with soapy water before providing change.

Council encourages anyone concerned about breaches of the COVID-19 directives to either call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or submit an online report at www.police.vic.gov.au/palolr.

Image: Fresh bread for sale at a local market.

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