Ok, by now most of you have noticed that I haven’t been at the market…
Dear Sebastopol Customers,
We will be open this coming Sunday, March 22nd, 10a-1:30p.
As our understanding of the coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market is taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. WE REMAIN OPEN and committed to providing you with fresh, wholesome food from local farms, to support your daily living.
Going forward we will continue to monitor local, state, and federal information sites (the City of Sebastopol, Sonoma County and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a daily basis, and follow recommended guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to Coronavirus for the Sebastopol community, vendors, and our staff.
We have taken a number of proactive steps to mitigate possible exposure at our farmers’ markets including:
- Requiring our farmers, food vendors and other market partners to adhere tobest practices as outlined by the CDC to reduce exposure and spread of Coronavirus;
- Ceasing food sampling at market;
- Instituting new precautionary procedures for market staff, including those handling money and other currencies, including wearing gloves and more frequent handwashing;
- Increasing the frequency that market staff disinfect market surfaces/objects;
- Suspending high touch activities at the market, including theKids’ Patch;
- Providing hand sanitizer at info booth for customers, vendors and the public.
For the health and safety of the Sebastopol Community we ask that you also take all personal precautions recommended to prevent contraction and spread of COVID-19 including:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Those who are high-risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions) avoid public gatherings
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, with your elbow or with a tissue, which should promptly be disposed of
- Wash or sanitize hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Try new, low-contact ways of greeting your friends and loved ones, including an elbow bump or wave.
We hope at this time of uncertainty that the farmers’ market can remain a pillar for community health and greater transparency in the food system.
Sincerely, the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market