Port Colborne Farmers’ Market to reopen Friday June 26

With Niagara in Stage 2 of reopening, the Port Colborne Farmers’ Market will soon be open for business again. The market located in downtown Port Colborne is scheduled to open Friday, June 26/2020, and will be open every Friday from 6 a.m to 1 p.m. until Thanksgiving.

“Since the Market’s closure due to COVID-19 significant consultation between City staff and Niagara Region Public Health has taken place to ensure best practices and safety measures are implemented for vendors and customers,” a City of Port Colborne press release said.

The following Public Health guidelines will be in place when the market is reopened:

  • There will be a reduced number of vendors (twenty) to allow for physical distancing and will be spaced six feet apart;
  • Only essential items will be sold. Food businesses and agriculture businesses are considered essential workplaces under the Provincial Order;
  • No food preparation or cooking will take place on-site. Food will be handled by the vendor only;
  • All items sold are to be consumed off-site;
  • Controlled access to permit limited numbers to enter;
  • Customers may use reusable shopping bags for their purchases, as long as they are maintained in a clean and sanitary manner, and are handled by the customer only;
  • Hand wash and/or sanitation stations will be located throughout the market and at the entrance and exit points;
  • Vendors are required to perform a self-assessment on the day of the market; and
  • Since City Hall remains closed to the public, those requiring access to washroom facilities can use the Harbourmaster building located on West Street.

“The Market will have one entry point and a separate exit point off Charlotte Street,” the press release said. “The flow of attendees will be controlled to ensure proper physical distancing and attendees must keep at least two metres (six feet) apart at all times.”

On Friday, June 19/2020, the public washrooms at Harbourmaster building on West Street; H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park; and Centennial Park/Cedar Bay Beach will be reopened for public use and will remain open until Thanksgiving.

Cedar Bay beach access was also opened to the public then.

“City staff are finalizing plans to open Nickel Beach safely and will be making an announcement in the coming days,” the press release says.