B.C. has redefined what is taken into account a farmers/neighborhood market and new restrictions issued on Wednesday by the provincial well being workplace will prohibit distributors who don’t promote meals from advertising their items or companies on the metropolis’s weekend markets.
Appearing on the brand new order, environmental well being officers from the Northern Well being Authority contacted the operators of 10 Prince George space markets to clarify the brand new guidelines which now restrict them completely to gross sales of meals meant for human consumption.
“Our public well being people reached out to all the vendor markets that we have been conscious of that will be probably impacted by this up to date steering and allow them to now,” mentioned Northern Well being spokesperson Eryn Collins.
“So, armed with that data, they should both fall in keeping with the order and never function or alter their markets accordingly in order that they meet the steering.”
Previous to the brand new order, the operators of episodic markets weren’t sure by the identical guidelines that govern occasions and public gatherings and have been allowed to stage markets which permit as much as 50 individuals at a time so long as every of these markets had at the very least half of the distributors promoting meals. Now all of them should promote meals to obtain that exempt standing.
Because of the brand new restriction, the Hart Winter Market at Hart Neighborhood Centre shall be closed this weekend, mentioned Sheldon White of Central Show & Tents, who offers the seller cubicles on the Winter Market. White obtained a discover written from Northern Well being asserting the closure Friday morning from Hart Winter Market operator Alice Sigurdson. White was advised all the market could be thought of an occasion if any vendor was not promoting meals. The Hart Winter Market has been working since November to interchange the normal Kelly Highway Craft Truthful.
The Makers Pop Up market at Hart Centre Mall introduced on its Fb web site that each one remaining markets on the mall shall be closed as a result of new restrictions.
The Prince George Farmers Market at Third Avenue and Quebec Road, which operates Saturday solely, and the All Distributors Market Place at 1533 Second Ave., which open Saturdays and Sundays, shall be open throughout their regular working hours however shall be restricted to solely meals gross sales.
The brand new guidelines affecting markets apply till midnight on Monday, Dec. 7. After that date, all occasions and gatherings shall be allowed to occur with a most of 50 patrons, however the provincial well being workplace will overview that coverage and will presumably prolong the present restrictions in an effort to attempt to restrict the unfold of COVID-19.