The city has deemed the market "essential food retail" under provincial lockdown guidelines
The St. Lawrence Market farmers market will reopen this Saturday (December 3).
In a news release, the city said officials reviewed the provincial COVID-19 framework for grey lockdown zone and the market can reopen under the regulations as “essential food retail.”
Ontario moved Toronto and Peel Region into the lockdown level for at least 28 days on November 23. Most retail closed for in-store shopping, but stores that sell groceries are deemed essential and allowed to remain open.
The indoor farmers market will operate with enforced COVID-19 precautions, including line management, mandatory masking, physical distancing and entrance management.
Previously, the St. Lawrence Saturday-only farmers market was set to move to a temporary outdoor location on Market Street during the lockdown period.
“The St. Lawrence Market Farmers Market is an important component of our community and the local food economy,” said councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam in a statement. “Many residents rely on this weekly food market for their regular groceries.”
The St. Lawrence Market website recommends that customers shop alone or with only one other person if they need assistance with items. During expected peak hours, staff will asks groups of more than two adults to designate one shopper to enter the market to pick up items while the rest of the group waits outside.
Dining inside and outside the market continues to be prohibited under lockdown protocol, which bans all indoor and outdoor dining.
All seating areas have been removed throughout the market, including tables, chairs and benches.
The market will be located city’s Temporary Market at 125 The Esplanade, and will operate from 5 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.
Curbside shopping, delivery and advanced ordering for pick-up in store is still available for many St. Lawrence Market vendors.
The South (main) Market building at 91 to 95 Front East has remained open during the pandemic.