As Utah's farmers market season ramps up, the state's Department of Agriculture and Food has issued guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Here are the requirements, according to a news release:
- One handwashing station or hand sanitizer station is required per every five booths
- Booths must be 10’ apart
- Farmers markets are required to enforce CDC social distancing recommendations of at least 6’ apart, and provide marked spacing to ensure compliance
- Farmers markets directors/managers should consider limiting/metering the number of people allowed access to the market to help prevent people from grouping
- Farmers markets should encourage “tap” or online payment options when possible
- Vendors shall change gloves and sanitize point-of-sale equipment between transactions
- All vendors are required to wear gloves; those who collect money must not handle food items
- The farmers market area shall be delineated to provide shoppers and vendors with a 6’ social distance.
- Farmers market vendor offerings are limited to: prepackaged meats, cheeses, raw fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products
- Farmers markets shall not have art/craft vendors unless approved by their local health department
- Farmers markets shall not have food sampling, unless the samples are prepackaged
- Farmers markets shall not have food service vendors unless approved by their local health department
- Vendors (selling fresh produce) may only sell whole, uncut produce
- The wearing of face masks by vendors and shoppers is at the discretion of the organization sponsoring the farmers market.
- Farmers markets are encouraged to maintain their existing nutrition incentive programs (i.e. SNAP, Double-up Food Bucks)
- Vendors who do sell pre-package products are required to be registered with the Utah Department of Agriculture and display their company’s current Food Establishment Permit at their booth