PROTOCOLS FOR OPENING
Overview The Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition and the Delaware Department of Agriculture worked together to develop the following protocols that must be met by all Delaware farmers’ markets during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Individual farmers’ markets may choose to implement more specific and stringent protocols established by market managers and their individual governing entities and agencies. What is most important is opening Delaware farmers’ markets in a way that maximizes the safety of market staff, agricultural producers, and customers. The following protocols will be in place until further notice and are solely intended to allow farmers to sell produce, specialty crops, other value‐added food items that have been directly grown or raised on a farm or prepared in a permitted on‐farm kitchen or cottage‐food kitchen; and to allow consumers to purchase these items directly from family farms. Delaware farmers’ markets are foremost, vital resources where local community members can access freshly grown food.
A MESSAGE TO ALL MARKET STAFF, VENDORS AND VISITORS.
A Message to all Market Staff, Vendors, and Visitors If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) are potential symptoms related to COVID‐19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID‐19, or have symptoms of illness, you may not go out in public. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID‐19. We want to minimize the risk of spreading COVID‐19 within our farmers’ market community, so if you are sick or have been exposed or are at higher risk for severe illness – stay home, do not go to the farmers’ market
PROHIBITED ACTIVITY FOR VENDORS AND CUSTOMERS
• No social gatherings.
• No entertainment shows or activity at the market.
• No community or agency display tents.
• No food trucks or prepared food for consumption on site.
• No on‐site food preparation or sampling.
• No demos at the market.
• No tablecloths on vendor tables.
• No line of standing customers outside the market/at the entrance or exit of the market.
• No pets (service animals permitted).