COVID-19

 

Call your US Senator and ask them to support local foods, farmers and farmers' markets in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Governor Cooper has issued Executive Order 147, mandating the use of face coverings in public places (see link below).  Therefore, our vendors, staff, volunteers and customers will be required to wear a face covering while inside the market.

 

For the time being, the entry control system will continue, beginning at 8 am. We will monitor the situation during the morning and discontinue entry control once the lines diminish to the point where it's safe to allow free access.  We want to avoid large crowds to maintain adequate social distancing inside the market. 

 

Please follow our updated safety procedures below:

  1. Stay home if you are sick. 

  2. Everyone inside the market is required to wear a face covering.

  3. Avoid the lines by pre-ordering and picking up later in the morning. Click HERE for a list of those vendors who facilitate pre-orders/online shopping. This is strongly recommended for members of a vulnerable group (elderly, disabled, immuno-compromised, pregnant, etc).

  4. The market will start as usual at 8 am. Until that time, our entrances will be cordoned off.  Out of fairness to other customers, please remain in line and do not leave your bag to save a space. We ask for your patience and cooperation as you wait, always standing 6 feet apart. 

  5. At 8 am the bell will be rung and a member of staff will allow customers into the market.

  6. The entry control sign will be removed at the appropriate time, when lines have lessened and it is safe for customers to be able to move freely in and out of the market without too much crowding.

  7. We love bringing families together, however please consider sending only one member of your family to shop. This will help keep lines and crowding to a minimum.

  8. Our main aim is to keep people moving quickly, so we ask that you do not linger/sit, but leave the market as soon as you’ve made your purchase/s.

  9. If you are unable to attend the market, please contact vendors directly, so you can work out an alternative pick-up/delivery option.

  10. While inside the market, please refrain from touching others and ensure that at least 6 feet is between you and the next person. If you can both reach out and touch each other’s hands, then you’re too close

  11. We ask for your help in keeping certain spots in the market free of crowding. If you see several people lined up at one vendor's booth, please consider completing your other shopping before joining that line, especially if you've already pre-ordered with that vendor. 

  12. Please do not handle the products without first checking with the individual vendor.

  13. There are hand washing stations set up by the front steps for your use, in addition to hand sanitizers at both entrances and several vendor booths.

  14. The Community House will be closed to customers.

  15. Please note our new safety precautions at the fruit fundraiser (peach/apple) stand. The area directly in front of the entrance to the community house will be divided down the middle with traffic cones and safety tape. Please line up to the left of the traffic cones and follow the arrows. The area to the right is set aside for customers leaving with their purchases. 

  16. A separate table situated on the left side of the community house entrance will be manned by another volunteer who can help you with market information, SNAP, ice-pops and bottled water sales. We are now also accepting credit card payments.  

 

THANK YOU FOR KEEPING MCFM A SAFE PLACE TO SHOP!

COVID-19 RESOURCES

NC Governor Roy Cooper Latest Stay At Home Order 

Mecklenburg County Department of Health

Mecklenburg County Coronavirus Hotline: 980-314-9400.

Emergency Food Access Map & Resources

CDC 

CDC information sheet

NC Department of Health & Human Services Materials

 

Click HERE for Instructions on how to make homemade sanitizer. 

Location: 188 N. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105       Phone: 704-488-4763      E-mail: matthewsfarmersmarket@gmail.com

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