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

Updated January 2022: In light of the Omicron variant, VFM is requiring staff and volunteers and strongly recommending vendors and visitors step up distancing and masking measures. Please read the Q & As below for COVID safety protocols at markets.

Q: Are the markets open during COVID-19?

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

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

A: We strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while at the markets, but only staff and volunteers are required.

Q: Is physical distancing in effect at the markets?

A: Yes. While not enforced, we ask all staff, volunteers, vendors and visitors 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/or barriers, and maintaining physical distance.

Q: Will capacity at markets be limited?

A: No. At this time, there are not capacity limitations at the markets.

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

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

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

A: All vendors are required to practice the following:

  • Stay home if they are sick.
  • Regular hand-washing and stall sanitizing.
  • Wear a mask and/or barrier where appropriate (recommended)

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. Market Money is accepted but is not available for purchase.

Q: Can I order from vendors online?

A: The VFM Online Stores are currently on hold. Some vendors have their own online stores; enquire with them direct to continue shopping online.

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 uncertain time.

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