FREDERICTON (GNB) – Farmers markets are permitted to reopen if they can enforce physical distancing measures and other recommendations of the chief medical officer of health.

“Our farmers markets are an essential part of our food-supply chain, and we appreciate the work they are doing to provide local, safe and healthy food to New Brunswickers in these difficult times,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore.

Phase 2 (Orange) of the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan includes the reopening of businesses and activities while working to prevent a resurgence of transmission. Businesses need to follow the general guidelines provided by Public Health.

Farmers markets need to develop an overall COVID-19 Operation Plan. In addition, each vendor must develop an individual operational plan. More information on how to establish these operational plans is available online.

Additional guidelines for workplaces have been issued by WorkSafe NB and a document with frequently asked questions is also available online to provide guidance to markets and vendors.

Operators of farmers markets who have questions can contact the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries through the Opportunities NB Business Navigator line by emailing nav@navnb.ca or by calling 1-833-799-7966.