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:


  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)


VFM will no longer be limiting capacity at markets.


  • 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: 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 for more info.

Keep your business operating safe during the pandemic by implementing important WorkSafe BC protocols –

The BCAFM has put together an extensive list of resources available for farmers and small businesses.

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.