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Health & Safety Best Practices Basics for Farmers Markets

All vendors must take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lomita Farmers Market strongly recommends that markets and vendors enforce best practices.


Basic Health and Safety

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Stay home if you have been exposed to anyone with symptoms of illness.
  • Maintain 6-foot physical distancing for staff and customers at all times. (link 1)
  • Follow safe face covering protocols. (link 1 + link 2)
  • Follow safe glove use protocols, if applicable. (link 1 + link 2)
  • Do not allow shoppers to touch items unless they’re purchasing or taking it with them. 
  • Sanitize hands after each transaction. 
    • Make sure ample hand sanitizer is available for you and your customers
    • Follow proper handwashing guidelines (use soap, 20 seconds, do it often).
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces after each transaction. 
  • Offer touchless contact-minimal options, if possible.


Physical Space

  • Allow for social distancing at your booth.
  • Mark the ground & use other tools to remind customers of 6 foot distance requirement.
  • Pre-package items whenever possible in grab-and-go bags.
  • Ensure all surfaces can be sanitized (avoid tablecloths).



  • If possible, have two separate staff people to handle payments and products.
  • When possible, price items to reduce the need for change (in $5 and $10 increments)
  • Reduce contact at checkout:
  • Accept checks.
  • Use credit card chip readers and sanitize after each use. 
  • Use a cash bucket and ask for exact change.
  • Give change from quarantined bills (at least 7 days).
  • Use no-touch solutions such as Venmo, Apple Pay, etc.

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