The BCFM Committee of Management has approved the application of stringent health and safety practices and protocols to manage the risk for both shoppers and stallholders.

The most important consideration for patrons and stallholders is as follows:

  1. If you have knowingly been in contact with anyone who may be infected by the coronavirus DO NOT ATTEND. Give particular consideration to any person you know who may have travelled internationally or domestically in the last 14 days.
  2. If you think you might have any of the symptoms that indicate that you may be affected please DO NOT ATTEND. You can check here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

This is not a social event.

  • There is no music or entertainment attractions for the kids.
  • If you can leave elderly relatives and children at home please do. This will help us to manage the number of people at the market at any one time. Please do not bring dogs to the market.
  • We respectfully ask you to shop Safely and Sensibly and Go Home.
  • As directed, all shoppers to wear masks.

Market manager Chris Hain says, “We have worked closely with the Victorian Farmers Market Association and the Department of Health and Human Services to understand the best practice measures to ensure compliance with all health and hygiene regulations. These have been approved and ratified by DHHS and VicPol.”

What are we doing;

  • Enforcing the 1 person per 4 square metres physical distancing requirement – Indicative markers will be placed on the ground to demonstrate the required distance.
  • We will spread the stalls to allow more space in between.
  • Requiring every stallholder to have hand sanitiser.
  • Only the stallholder can handle produce. Please indicate your selection and wait for it to be handed to you or placed in your bag or basket.
  • Requiring stallholders to use disposable gloves for handling of food.
  • All stallholders and shoppers wear facemasks.
  • Providing free sanitiser stations for the public throughout the market.
  • Eliminating close queuing for service (1 person per 4 square metre rule will apply).
  • Card/Paywave transactions are strongly preferred. If cash is absolutely necessary then stallholders are asked to follow the most stringent cash handling protocol. We have already implemented this at the weekly market and it works. Stallholders bring a bucket with lots of soapy water in it and each time they receive cash (using a disposable glove), they drop it in the bucket.
  • Any change given out must have been pre-washed in soapy water.
  • Eliminating tables and chairs – patrons will be asked to shop and leave as quickly as is practical. No congregating over breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee within the market.
  • There will be coffee available for takeaway only.