The second half of July will see the return of three popular local markets, now that they have been cleared to operate again.
While the Kiama Farmers’ Market, as a pure food market, was able to trade throughout the COVID isolation period, our region’s other markets were prohibited from operating until
“Our last market was in February,” says Kerrie Humphrey, operator of the Kiama Makers & Growers Market.
“Our stallholders have lost their livelihood during this time, and can’t wait to be back.
“People will have to take the normal precautions they do in their every day shopping to keep a safe distance.”
She says stalls are already four metres apart, and entry into marquee areas will be controlled. The multiple entry points will also reduce congestion.
Amongst other things, the much larger Kiama Seaside Market, operated by the Kiama & District Business Chamber, is pushing back the stalls to have wider pathways.
“Melbourne has been a real wake-up call that everyone needs to continue being careful with social distancing,” says the Chamber’s President, Cameron McDonald.
The Gerringong Rotary Market will be the first off the mark, and is instigating a one way flow for shoppers both inside the Town Hall and for their outside stalls.
“We have an approved COVID plan, and Rotary members will be on hand to help people get used to the new system,” says Peter Mayes.
A return date for the Jamberoo Village Market has not yet been announced.
Gerringong Rotary Market, Saturday 18 July, in and around Gerringong Town Hall
Kiama Seaside Market, Sunday 19 July, Black Beach
Kiama Makers & Growers Market, Saturday 25 July, Black Beach