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VIDEO: Moses Lake farmers market adapting to reopen during coronavirus pandemic

- Downtown, Moses Lake, WA

The Downtown M.L. Farmers Markets reopened this weekend with new precautions in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Farmers' markets are considered "essential" under Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order, but most of them in the area have remained closed for the last several weeks. Today the farmers market opened up for the 2020 season.

Farmer's market board members said they are implementing social distancing guidelines by spacing booths, and having half the market be one way lanes. The market is also providing a sanitation center so guests can sanitize before and after their visit. Reusable bags are encouraged however should be washed before bringing them.

The goal of the market is to bring a bit of "normalcy" during the pandemic and to be there for the community and local business owners.

Here are some of the other changes shoppers can expect at farmers markets this weekend:

  • There will be no sampling, and no refilling reusable containers

  • No music, entertainment, cooking demos, or public seating areas.

  • Vendors and staff must wear protective gloves and do regular hand-washing. The public is also encouraged to wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and wear a face mask

  • There will be a limit to the number of shoppers allowed in the market at one time. Shoppers are encouraged to maintain at least six feet of space between each other, and vendors will also be spaced out accordingly to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The market is located downtown at McCosh park every Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm.

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