On Monday, Delaware Governor John Carney announced farmer’s markets in the state will be allowed to resume business, but with substantial restrictions.
Farmers’ markets will be permitted to reopen on Friday, May 15, following protocol set forth by the Department of Agriculture and Division of Public Health.
Farmers’ markets will no longer be classified as a social venue. This means no social gatherings, entertainment shows, activities or food trucks will be permitted.
Customers will be forced to use specific one way entrances and exits. They will also have to wear face coverings and practice six feet of social distancing. Only two members of a household will be allowed to enter the market.
In response to the reopening, Governor Carney said “There is nothing better than heading to a farmers’ market in the spring as Delaware grown produce starts to become available. There is a sense of community pride around farmers’ markets that include supporting our local economy and our family farms.”
Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse said “Farmers’ markets will not be the same social experience as they were prior to COVID-19, but we hope that Delawareans will utilize the markets as a place to purchase locally produced food.”