Famers Markets Surviving Covid19 Times

Famers Markets Surviving Covid19 Times

Farmers markets offer a great way to get shopping done, sample some social interaction and get the vitamin D that experts say is so crucial for immunity health. After all, 2020 has been everything but easy.

Policies regarding indoor and some outdoor activity for the public have altered so much that it has left everyone in disarray. A lot of cities are handling it differently, even with the overall policies from San Bernardino County. Farmers markets have remained resilient mainly because they are outside.

The two main rules that we have had reiterated to our faces more times than we can count are: 1. Wear a mask in public spaces and 2. Maintain a social distance of at least six feet. These two rules seem simple enough but have raised controversy in many communities and markets.

Typical Covid19 signage

Luckily for farmers markets their operation is usually in an open space that allows for these rules to be followed. “The way we adjusted is trying to buy the customers trust” said Mike Awad a vendor for Native Farms. “We’re trying to stay one step ahead of the game.

It has come with no surprise that face masks are generally required in public spaces especially among the service industry. “It’s a simple policy,” said Officer Garcia, a representative from the Redlands Police Department. “It falls under the no shoes, no shirt, no service policy. We can fine people, but that is a last resort that we have not had to use yet.”

City of Redlands regulations for farmers markets

Face masks have become a norm, and some have even capitalized on it. While the end of this era might be no more than a mirage on a hot day, many are now asking, “When did this become a ‘rule’?’” or “Is this even allowed?”

Restaurants have been handling the new pseudo-law in a variety of ways. Some have taken a stern approach to refuse service to those who do not wear a face covering while inside the building. Others are offering mobile orders to bring out to customers waiting in curbside parking. Still others are relying on 3rd party delivery. Time will tell how strict the rules become and how willing police departments will be to enforce them.

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