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Operating Dickinson's Farmers Market safely is our top priority, and we are implementing significant precautionary measures to protect the health of our shoppers, vendors and the community as a whole. These precautionary measures will be updated as necessary.

Safety Protocols for Shoppers:

  • Maintain Distance: we ask for shoppers to remain 6 feet apart at all times.

  • There will be cones/chalk lines at the market indicating 6-foot social distancing spacing. Customers must abide by social distancing protocols of 6 feet throughout market.

  • If you have any symptoms or believe that you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please stay home.

  • Following guidance from both the CDC and Governor Abbott’s office, we require shoppers to wear a mask or face covering to market.

  • There will be defined entrances at our markets. Customers are ONLY allowed to enter at these designated entry points. There will be a customer queue at each entrance where customers will sanitize hands before entering our markets.

  • If possible, send only one member of your household to shop at the market, and leave pets at home. Talk to your neighbors, and consider sending one shopper for multiple households if you can.

  • Please refrain from greeting anyone at the market with hugs or handshakes. 

  • Come prepared with a shopping list to decrease the amount of time spent at the market.

  • Read signage at market and follow instructions – there will be entrances and exits to larger booths, marked spaces for standing in line, and limits to the number of people who can be in a booth at one time.

  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently using the options provided.

  • Do not handle produce or products---allow your vendor to pick up the items for you.

  • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market space.


Additionally, we are taking the following precautions to make our market safe:

  • Spacing booths farther apart

  • Limiting the number of shoppers in the market at a time, and queuing shoppers at entrances when we are at capacity

  • Removing all seating

  • Removing all “Community” tents for communal gathering 

  • Removing the communal coffee station

  • Restricting all food sales to take away only

  • Restricting all sampling & consumption of food/drink onsite.

  • Requiring vendors to have hand sanitizer or hand washing station available at checkout

  • Requiring vendors to wear face masks while selling at the market

  • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces frequently 

  • Asking that sick staff, vendors or customers stay home and not attend market

Cooperation with the Health Department:

  • DFM will notify Galveston County Health District within 24 hours if we suspect COVID-19 is spreading in our market, or if we become aware of 2 or more employees/customers who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

  • DFM will cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases, suspected cases, outbreaks, and suspected outbreaks of COVID-19; cooperate with the implementation of infection control measures, including but not limited to isolation and quarantine and environmental cleaning; and comply with all public health authority orders and directives.

Safety Protocols for Vendors:

We are putting these measures in place with the guidance of the CDC. DFM and our vendors must follow all the above guidelines, in addition to the guidelines below, to ensure a safe market for all stakeholders, and so that we can remain a viable market outlet for all our valued vendors as we navigate this pandemic.

The following rules are requirements for all vendors:

  • No sampling of any kind and the consumption of beverages intended for onsite consumption are prohibited.

  • Vendors are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask.

  • Vendors are required to wash/sanitize their hands at least once an hour.

  • Prepared Food Vendors must package all food for consumption off-site. 

    • Hand Sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) at every booth, provided by the vendor, for customers and employees. Vendors who do not have hand sanitizer available will be required to breakdown and vacate market.

    • All booths will be spaced apart to maximize space and minimize clustering from each other, and layouts will reflect this. Our markets will have some layout irregularities as a result. Some vendors will have to move from their typical spots. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.

    • Vendors and customers are not allowed to occupy the spaces between booths.

    • DFM will provide additional handwashing stations at our markets, open to all staff, vendors, and customers.

    • Vendors sanitize surfaces at least once per hour;

    • Anyone who is feeling unwell should stay home – employees must be sent home if they exhibit internal body temperature of 100.4 °F or higher.

    • Any vendor who is at higher risk, including individuals over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions, should stay home.

    Thank you all for helping us all stay safe and healthy!

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