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Reclassification good news for Farmers Market

TOMORROW”s Farmers Market will be allowed to host more than 100 customers despite still operating under Alert Level 2 regulations.

Market manager Andrea Gregory said Farmers Markets had been reclassified as retail businesses rather than events.

“This lifts the cap of 100 customers and means we can allow more people into the market, while leaving space for physical distancing of 2 metres.

“This is the same as the original Level 2 last year.”

Mrs Gregory expressed her thanks to Otago Farmers Market and Farmers Market New Zealand for working with Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins to make the change.

The single entry/exit will remain at Gisborne Farmers Market and entry will be restricted at certain times.

All customers must wear masks and sign in via the QR codes or the manual records.

Takeaway food and drink must be taken out of the market area to be consumed.

Seating will be available for table service, but there will be no tables in the centre of the market site.

No food is to be consumed while walking around the market area.

More stalls will be present at tomorrow's market.

“We also hope to have some music back,” Mrs Gregory said.

For all that, people were being asked to limit their time at the market.