Bathurst Lions Farmers' Market hopeful of a June return

WHEN THINGS WERE NORMAL: Lance and Phoebe Moller at the November Farmers' Market last year. The event is hoping to return in June. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
WHEN THINGS WERE NORMAL: Lance and Phoebe Moller at the November Farmers' Market last year. The event is hoping to return in June. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The Farmers' Market has been put on hold for another month but the Lions Club of Bathurst is hopeful the popular event will make a return in June.

The event has not been held since February due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But Farmers' Market chair Paul Haysom is hopeful the event will get up and running again next month.

"We've heard news that farmers' and food markets in Sydney are starting to open up again, so we're closely working with Bathurst Regional Council and the Bathurst Showground Land Manager to ensure we can restart," Mr Haysom said.

"As the markets are a service that provides food and produce, we should be able to run under similar measures as supermarkets."

Farmers' markets have previously been declared an 'essential service' by the federal government.

Mr Haysom said the key to getting the market up and running again will be the formulation of an effective social distancing strategy.

"While there won't be tables and chairs set up for people to share a coffee or a bite to eat, we expect these products will still be available to purchase," he said.

"The supermarket model is to stay 1.5 metres apart, wash hands upon entry and wait your turn in a spaced-out line to be served, and we feel the Farmers' Market can run under similar provisions."

"It's simply a matter of proving to council and the showground's management that we can run this event safely and securely."

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