Maintaining Social Distancing and Safe Food Handling Practices: Guidance for Farm Markets
What social distancing measures can community farmers markets and on-farm retail outlets take to protect the well-being of staff and customers?
Limit and control access at the market to ensure proper social distancing by establishing clearly marked entrance and exit points for customers.
Post ample and prominent signage indicating proper social distancing (i.e. keep 6 feet away from others), hand washing, cloth face covering use, and hygiene etiquette. Post information at the sales location, websites, and social media platforms.
Post signage indicating that customers feeling ill should not enter, for example: “If you feel ill, please do not shop today”
When possible offer shopping assistance to those who may be ill and unable to shop themselves.
Consider online ordering, designated pick-up times, alternative pickup locations or delivery options.
Keep customers at a distance from product and staff by using stanchion posts with retractable belts or other low-tech solutions.
Postpone any scheduled events other than product sales.
What measures should be taken to disinfect areas of markets accessible to the public?
For hard surfaces such as tables, bins, and other surfaces:
Follow the four-step process for your regular cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces:
Remove all visible debris from the surface.
Use a detergent appropriate for the surface and scrub as necessary.
Rinse the surface completely of debris and detergent,
Use a food contact surface approved sanitizer and always follow the label directions.
To disinfect a surface the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends bleach OR 70% alcohol.
To make a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.