COVID-19 Updates

Update: July 16, 2021

On June 30, 2021, all farmers markets are now removed from the latest Gathering and Events order. Farmers markets must start moving away from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Diseases Plans during the month of July.
VFM is slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions through the month of July. Listed below are the safety precautions remaining:

COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS REMAINING FOR VENDORS

  1. Got Symptoms? Don’t Come

    • Any vendors that are sick with respiratory illness symptoms, gastrointestinal illness symptoms, or even mild symptoms of illness associated with COVID-19 must not be present at the farmers market and/or must leave the market immediately. The online COVID-19 self-assessment tool can be used to know when to seek healthcare and further information can be found on the BCCDC website. Contact Vancouver Coastal Health at 604-675-3900 for further guidance.
    • Any foods that may have been contaminated by a food handler or staff member with respiratory illness symptoms, gastrointestinal illness symptoms, or even mild symptoms of illness associated with COVID-19 must not be brought to the farmers market and offered for sale.
  2. Stay Protected (you and shoppers!)

    • Consider a physical barrier to keep protected from shoppers & fellow vendors
    • It is encouraged you wear a face covering at stall when not behind a physical barrier (i.e. restocking, managing shopper capacity, etc)
    • See COVID-19 Vendor Checklist for physical distance recommendations and examples
  3. Wash Hands

    • All vendors must have a wash station or hand sanitizer for vendor use
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
    • Consider a person who handles payment cards only and another who handles food product
    • Please see this cash handing document for best practices.
    • You are encouraged to have hand sanitizer for you and shoppers that visit your stalls
  4. Sanitize Surfaces

    • All vendors must have their own sanitizing solution for wiping surfaces
    • Sanitize all high-touch surfaces frequently, including sales equipment and point of sale devices
    • Use care when handling credit cards and allow shoppers to avoid touching mobile sales screen (sanitize these touch points often)

CAPACITY LIMITS – REMOVED 

VFM will no longer be limiting capacity at markets.

FURTHER MEASURES STILL IN PLACE: 

  • VFM staff and volunteers will wear face coverings where appropriate
  • Each Market will have at least one hand-washing station
  • Hand sanitizer will be located at market entrances & exits
  • VFM will continue posting multiple signs encouraging shoppers to shop safely 
  • No seating areas

Other Changes & Resources

As our staff resources have shifted some of our regular activities have been moved online. 

  • We no longer are handing out green vendor sales slips. Please email your gross sales to: reports@eatlocal.org within 48 hours of the market. 
  • If you have an outstanding invoice, we ask that you take advantage of e-transfers or Vancity member to member transfers. Please email christa@eatlocal.org for more info.

Keep your business operating safe during the pandemic by implementing important WorkSafe BC protocols – https://www.worksafebc.com/

The BCAFM has put together an extensive list of resources available for farmers and small businesses. https://bcfarmersmarket.org/bcafm-update-on-covid-19/

Please note that the status of our market operations can change at any time. We reserve the right to alter and/or close markets at any time if we feel that correct safety and physical distancing protocols cannot be met. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation with our municipal & provincial partners and provide updates as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation during this time.