Market measures

Social distancing was not an issue at the Wesley Hill Market last Saturday. Photo: Max Lesser.

This Sunday’s Castlemaine Farmers Market was scheduled to go ahead at the time of going to press despite Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
The popular Wesley Hill Saturday Market also planned to proceed with food stalls only.
Mount Alexander Shire Council has indicated while it accepts that there are community members both for and against the markets proceeding, they are permitted to operate at this time.
Castlemaine Farmers Market (CFM) manager Chris Hain said they still have approval from council and the state government to proceed with the monthly market this Sunday April 5 (9 am to 1 pm) and its CFM Weekly markets on Wednesdays (3.30 to 6.30pm). 
However both markets will, until further notice, be held at the Western Oval, allowing for greater distance between stalls. 
Mr Hain said to further ensure the safety of everyone who attends, the market is also applying some stringent health and safety practices and protocols including: enforcing the 1.5 distancing rule, regular reminders on the PA, requiring stallholders to have hand sanitiser and wear disposable gloves to handle food, providing handwashing stations and encouraging contactless payment where possible. See the Mail for the full story. Out now.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.