Kitchener Market to gradually reopen with new health and safety measures

Posted On Thursday June 04, 2020

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener is reopening the Kitchener Market starting Saturday, June 13 following the guidance of the Provincial Government and the Region of Waterloo Public Health. Initially, the market building will open for the Saturday Farmers’ Market, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. but the Food Hall will remain closed until further notice.

Although the Kitchener Market will be open, customers can expect a different experience when visiting. Significant measures will be in place to ensure public safety. 

For now, the market will be a place to procure food and similar to grocery stores crowd size will be limited in order to allow for necessary physical distancing. Customers are asked to be patient as there may be a need to wait before entering the market. Market staff will be limiting and monitoring the number of shoppers to follow physical distancing requirements. Initially, customer traffic will be limited to one direction throughout the Market. Physical distancing, traffic flow markers and additional signage have been installed as well as plexiglass guards to limit contact between vendors and shoppers.

The number of Saturday Farmers’ Market vendors will be reduced at first, with more vendors being added in the coming weeks. Where possible, market vendors will have prebagged goods for purchase.  Shoppers are being asked to use contactless payment options or carry small denominations of cash for exact change.  Families are encouraged to limit the number of household members who attend the Market.  All marketplace classes, cooking events, and rentals remain cancelled or online.

“The Kitchener Market is usually a place for community gatherings, live music, and family fun, but, for now, this activity is on hold,” said Cory Bluhm, Executive Director Economic Development. “For the time being our focus is on providing a safe location for residents to pick-up the food they need for the week and supporting our local farmers and small businesses.”

“Protecting the health and safety of our community and our staff continues to be our highest priority as we begin to gradually reopen facilities and deliver more services to residents,” explains Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “I would like to thank Market staff, vendors and our municipal partners for working collaboratively and coordinating closely to ensure the Kitchener Market reopens safely. The market is a community hub, a spot for community connections and we look forward to a time when it will be like that again.”??In addition to the Kitchener Market reopening, the Cambridge Farmers’ Market is expected to reopen in the coming weeks.
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