Important question and we appreciate the outreach through this listserv. The following email was recently posted on the VT Farmers Market Association list serv and will hopefully be helpful to this group as well
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets does not anticipate adding additional specialized guidance for farmers markets beyond the universal guidance that went into place April 9th for all Sector A businesses. It will be each market’s responsibility to develop strategies related to their own circumstances to achieve the requirements of the universal guidance (i.e. a way to manage capacity to ensure 6ft spacing/physical distancing; providing access to handwashing/hand sanitizer to ensure hygiene). The Universal Guidance serves as a baseline. Any business, organization, or operator is free to take additional safety precautions for the health and safety of its employees and consumers.
As of the most recent Phased Reopening Plan, by July 4th, the requirement to follow universal guidance, mask & physical distancing requirements will all become “recommended” with no capacity restrictions for gatherings and events. The universal guidance requirements and phased reopening plan can change at any time, based on public health and safety needs.
On April 6, 2021, Governor Phil Scott released a reopening guide to help Vermonters and local businesses see the path for a phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings. The transition from sector specific guidance to Universal Guidance will happen in two phases. Group A Sectors (Low contact, short duration, outdoor and controlled environments), includes farmers markets. Effective April 9, 2021, the following is the universal guidance that all businesses, organizations, and operators must follow.
Any questions should continue to be sent to the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets covid-response email: [log in to unmask]
Abbey Willard (she/her)
Agricultural Development Division Director | Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State St., Montpelier Vermont 05602-2901 | http://agriculture.vermont.gov
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Last year we decided to cancel our spot at the farmers market due to Covid precautions and an oversubscribed CSA. This year we will have our booth again, and I am wondering what modifications we should be planning given that Covid is still a factor. The market we are part of has done a lot of layout changes to give vendors more space, but pre-orders are not required or particularly encouraged.
We will certainly be wearing masks and pre-bagging most (all?) of our items. Are there other things people have found kept you safe/gained your customers' trust/made things easier? Payment changes? Booth design changes? Staffing changes? Even small details like where you stand in relation to the customer or Covid-related problems you had to solve as last year's market season unfolded would be helpful.
Thanks, I will repost replies ASAP as I know we are all gearing up for a busy and safe market season.