The Dublin Farmers’ Market, deemed an "essential" business by Alameda County and the State of California, will be returning to Emerald Glen Park on Thursday, April 2, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many additional safety precautions will be in place to ensure the well-being of guests.
The annual Dublin Farmers’ Market is typically a very social affair, featuring music; arts and crafts for the kids; and tables and chairs set up to encourage social engagement. As the new season begins, all of that will change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the steps that the PCFMA is taking to ensure a safe market-going experience:
- The first half-hour of the Market will be for seniors, only.
- A customer “code of conduct” will be posted throughout the Market.
- Market stalls will be set up in a way that prevents customers from leaving the stall and coming within six feet of another customer.
- There will be increased spacing between Market stalls.
- A “wait your turn” chalk line will be drawn at stalls to keep shoppers socially distant.
- No sampling of any kind will be allowed.
- Signs will be installed featuring a “you touch it, you buy it” message.
- Producers preparing food must follow strict hand-washing procedures.
- Producers are not to use the same hand or glove to touch products offered for sale and cash from customers.
- Vendors will be encouraged to pre-bag produce.
- No tables or chairs will be set up to enable lingering at the Market.
- No music or entertainment or children’s activities will be present.
- No hot food will be sold at the Dublin Farmers’ Market until the pandemic is over.
- The City WILL BE monitoring the Market to ensure that the rules are enforced. If it is found that the vendors or producers are not abiding by the guidelines or visitors are not practicing proper social distancing, the City will have the authority to close the Market until the pandemic is over.