Most North Coast Farmer’s Markets remain open under new guidelines

ARCATA, Ca. (KIEM)-The California Department of Food and Agriculture along with the California Department of Public Health have outlined guidelines for the operation of certified farmers’ markets during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Plenty of shoppers came out to shop from a selection of local products at the Arcata Plaza Farmer’s Market Saturday, all wearing masks, which is now required to keep the market open. 

Farmer’s markets are considered as essential food service businesses and will continue to operate following strict guidelines established by CDFA AND CDPH.

Lauren Hughes who manages the market located in Arcata says there’ve been lots of changes since the Covid-19 pandemic such as vendors wearing masks, signs to indicate where lines begin and hand washing stations in and around the plaza.

Vendor’s tables have also been roped off to keep social distancing withing the market.

Hugues says only about 50 % of North Coast Farmer’s Markets are operational at the moment.

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