COVID-19 FAQS


Find out what you need to know before shopping at Vancouver Farmers Markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Update – July 13, 2021: In accordance with the Step 3 BC Restart Plan, our markets will be making a gradual return to pre-COVID operations over the next few weeks. Please read the Q & As below for COVID safety protocols that remain in place during the transition to regular market operations.


Q: Are the markets open during COVID-19?

A: Yes. We have seven markets open this summer. More info on market times, dates and locations on our homepage.

Q: What safety measures do the markets have in place?

A: We have a number of COVID-19 safety protocols in place at our markets. Read our COVID-19 Response Plan to learn more about what we’re doing for your safety.

Q: Are people required to wear masks while at the market?

A: Mask wearing is not required but we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while at the markets at this time.

Q: Is physical distancing in effect at the markets?

A: No. In accordance with the Step 3 BC Restart Plan, we are no longer required to ensure that physical distancing is in place at the markets. However, we ask that everyone follow BC CDC recommendations and exercise common sense approaches to prevent infection and protect those most vulnerable in community settings, which include frequent hand washing/sanitizing, wearing a mask, and maintaining physical distance.

Q: Will capacity at markets be limited?

A: No. Under the Step 3 Plan, there are no longer capacity limitations at the markets.

Q: Is there a reserved time for seniors to shop at the markets?

A: No. Under the Step 3 Plan, we have now discontinued the reserved time for seniors.

Q: What measures are vendors taking to keep markets safe? 

A: All vendors are recommended to practice the following:

  • Stay home if they are sick.
  • Wear a mask where appropriate (i.e. when restocking items in their booth).
  • Regular hand-washing and stall sanitizing.

Q: What forms of payment are being accepted at the markets right now?

A: Credit and debit cards are accepted by most vendors. Many vendors, but not all, are now accepting cash. No Market Money is available for purchase at the moment.

Q: Can I order from vendors online?

A: Yes. VFM Online Orders allows shoppers to pre-order and pay for their weekly shop ahead of time. More info on the service and how to order at this page.

Q: Can I select my own produce?

A: Yes, but we ask that shoppers avoid handling any items they do not intend to purchase and to sanitize their hands before selecting produce.

Q: Are there hand sanitizing stations at the markets?

A: Yes. Hand sanitizing stations are located near the entrance of each market.

Q: Can I bring my reusable tote bags and produce bags?

A: Yes. We encourage our shoppers to bring their reusable bags every time they shop at the market.

Q: Can I bring my dog to the market?

A: Yes. Dogs are now permitted at the markets but must be kept on a short leash.


In order to keep everyone safe while at the markets, please self monitor and stay home if you are sick.

We look forward to a gradual return to regular market life, but ask for your continued patience and understanding with market staff, volunteers, and vendors during this transition time.

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