Farmer’s Market Stays Open, Takes Measures For Public Health

Dear San Juan Island Market Shoppers,

Fresh Radishes – Margaret Thorson photo

As a small island community, there is a growing concern here in San Juan County regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has all of us thinking about the precautions we need to take to stay healthy.

As an organization rooted in community connections and health, we have an important role to play and we are asking for your cooperation. The San Juan Island Farmers Market will remain open at this time. We are classified as a grocery store and retail (not an event) so it is important to serve our community while at the same time putting health and wellness of market managers, vendors and customers as a top priority. We continue to assess and are ready to cancel future farmer’s markets if necessary, for public health.

We are taking these actions having consulted with San Juan County Health & Community Services to help reduce person-to-person contact at the Farmers Market:

·       Hand washing will continue to be available for the public at the restrooms in Brickworks and Sunshine Alley
·       There will be a zero-tolerance policy for vendor’s required to have handwashing stations. All hand washing stations must include hot water; changed or refreshed every 4 hours and bleach buckets containing 100ppm-200ppm chlorine to wipe down surfaces.
·       Cooking demos and special events within the markets are cancelled until further notice.
·       Sampling at vendor booths is on hold

With thanks,
Sandra May, President
Elena Porten, Market Manager
Sarah Benson, Market Manager

Posted on March 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm by

Categories: Business, Community, People

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