Staff working in farmers' markets are authorised workers and are permitted to travel into and out of Melbourne and regional Victoria for their work. Authorised workers are required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work.
Under the current COVIDSafe settings for metropolitan Melbourne, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire, farmers' markets and market stalls are authorised providers of essential retail - providing food, drinks and groceries to the public.
Under the current COVIDSafe settings for regional Victoria (excluding City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire), farmers' markets and market stalls are now open as general retail.
All businesses must have a COVIDSafe plan for onsite operations.
Market stalls can open provided they adhere to the density quotient of one person per four square metres. The density quotient limits the members of the public that are permitted in a space at any one time to the number calculated by dividing the total publicly accessible space (measured in square metres) by 4 and: for an outdoor space, market or retail shopping centre, applies to the total space permitted to operate under these directions.
A person who owns, operates or controls a market stall, market or retail shopping centre must:
Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home. Face masks are mandatory outdoors. You must carry a mask with you at all times when you leave the home in case you need to use it. Face masks | Coronavirus Victoria
Where a Work Premises is a market, the Work Premises must prominently display signage at all points of sale at the Work Premises so that members of the public can record their attendance using the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.
Where a Work Premises is a market stall, the Work Premises must prominently display signage at all points of sale at the Work Premises so that members of the public can record their attendance using the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.
This means that both markets and market stalls must have their own QR code check-in display for their business - the market has a market QR code check-in, and the market stall has its own market stall QR code check-in.
“Under the Third Step of the roadmap for reopening, a person who owns, controls or operates a market stall (whether indoor or outdoor) is permitted to serve food samples, as long as its predominant business is the provision of food and drink for consumption off the premises of the market. Each market stall must comply with the relevant food safety regulations. Kind Regards, Industry Coordination and Recovery, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. djpr.vic.gov.au” 6/11/2020
There is no provision for outdoor seating at markets in the current Retail Goods directions. There are specific directions for seating provision as part of an outdoor food and drink retail facility. Markets or stalls wishing to provide seating must read and follow the specific directions for seating provision as part of an outdoor food and drink retail facility: Hospitality — food and beverage services sector guidance | Coronavirus Victoria
Each public entry must display a sign specifying the maximum number of members of the public that may be present in that space at a single time, being the number permitted by the density quotient, rounded down to the nearest whole number
Market organisers, stallholders and shoppers should familiarise themselves with the latest food safety and coronavirus management guidelines before attending markets.