Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
1. Food Sampling
You can offer food samples anywhere in the market as long as you continue to follow the “Safe Food Sampling at the Farmers’ Market” law, M.S. 28A.151 and the conditions listed in the Stay Safe MN’s guidelines for “Grocery and Convenience Stores:”
Additionally, there is no limit on the number of customers eating food samples. If your market is choosing the "entire market area" option for onsite consumption, then you must have fewer than 250 customers in the market for that requirement (see below for details).2. Onsite Food Consumption
Farmers’ markets are allowed to offer onsite food consumption in both indoor or outdoor locations, with some conditions. There are two options, below. If a market chooses to allow onsite food consumption, the guidance provided for restaurants and bars should be modified to fit the market’s situation. Of the "Key Requirements" in the guidance, only the requirement for reservations is waived for farmers' markets.
Designated eating area:
Entire market area:
3. COVID-19 Preparedness Plan required by June 29
All farmers’ markets are required to have a written COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in place and implementing it by June 29. A template for the Plan is provided by the Department of Labor and Industry. This plan must be followed by all workers, vendors (including non-food vendors), and customers at the market. The market does not submit their Plan to anyone; it is just kept on file. If a market would like help developing their Plan or would like someone to review it, MFMA can provide that assistance.
Vendors themselves most likely will be required to have their own Plan, but it is not the responsibility of the market to verify they have one.
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions (updated June 15, 2020) :