Farmers Markets Allowed To Open With Social Distancing Plans
Just as many had made the decision to push their Farmers Market openings back due to social distancing amid the Coronavirus outbreak, Governor Kim Reynolds made the announcement last week in a press conference that these events are now exempt from the banned public gatherings she had prohibited.
The Gazette reports Cedar Rapids is currently set to open their Downtown Farmers' Market season on June 6, a delay from its original plan, while Iowa City has now delayed theirs until July 4, but will start an online curbside pick-up edition on May 9.
Hiawatha normally starts its Sunday Farmers Markets in late April and, according to its Facebook page had also made the decision to delay until June. It's a smaller town with a smaller market that could have an easier time adjusting its plans again, but we'll have to wait and see, and we'll keep you posted here.
For the markets that do open, Reynolds' communications director told the Gazette that heavy social distancing restrictions will be in place. This includes only food vendors being present until further notice. Other goods and services would not be permitted, according to the Gazette. Vendors would have to park and set up six feet apart from each other. Customers would be encouraged to wear masks and practice their own social distancing while attending.
Governor Reynolds also said more information will be forthcoming from her on Monday on steps to start reopening Iowa.