Page updated 17/02/2022
This information has been collated from Retail trade sector guidance | Coronavirus Victoria.
These guidelines are updated with information relevant specifically to farmers’ market operations. It is the responsibility of the market operator and stall owners to be abreast of the changes and requirements set forth by the Directions referenced throughout this document.
Anyone seeking a full picture of the current Directions should refer to the Department of Health and Human Services website: Pandemic Order Register | health.vic.gov.au
See also "Everything you need to know about Coronavirus in Victoria": Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria | Coronavirus Victoria.
Click on each heading below for more detail.
At Phase D of Victoria's Roadmap, under the Pandemic Order Register, these are some of the relevant directions for farmers' markets:
Record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements for work premises continue to apply for all venues and facilities with onsite operations as per Workplace Directions and Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions.
"I operate a public market. What COVIDSafe Settings apply to my market?
Market operators do not need to check the vaccination status of patrons.
Market operators must ensure that:
All businesses must have a COVIDSafe plan for onsite operations.
Information and advice for businesses who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace.
>Your COVID Checklist | Coronavirus Victoria
What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 or if you've been told you are a contact - includes advice for workplaces.
A person who owns, operates or controls a market stall, market or retail shopping centre must:
Face masks | Coronavirus Victoria
*NB From 6pm Friday, 18 February 2022 QR code check-in requirements will no longer be in place at retail venues* How we work: Victoria | 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.
There is no provision for outdoor seating at markets in the current Retail 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 /food court: Hospitality — food and beverage services sector guidance | Coronavirus Victoria
Market organisers, stallholders and shoppers should familiarise themselves with the latest food safety and coronavirus management guidelines before attending markets.