In 2020 at the Errington Farmers’ Market, signs were placed to remind customers of social distancing protocols and other safety guidelines. Many of which will be the same for the 2021 market. (PQB News file photo)

In 2020 at the Errington Farmers’ Market, signs were placed to remind customers of social distancing protocols and other safety guidelines. Many of which will be the same for the 2021 market. (PQB News file photo)

Errington Farmer’s Market to begin 2021 season on Saturday, May 1

Shopping procedures modified to comply with public health and social distancing protocols

The Errington Farmers’ Market is preparing to launch this year’s season on May 1.

The first of May has always been a significant date for the market, and although the traditional May Day festivities such as the maypole dance, music and floral crown-making station will not be possible this year, the spirit of the market continues.

Every Saturday, from May 1 until Sept. 25, the market grounds will be open for shopping from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Located adjacent to the Errington Community Park at 1550 Veterans Rd., the market site was carefully designed to ensure a safe and comfortable shopping environment for shoppers, vendors and volunteers alike.

The health and safety of vendors and customers is the market’s first priority.

READ MORE: Qualicum Beach, Errington farmers markets to bring back non-food vendors

Shopping procedures have been modified to comply with provincial public health and social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Early bird shopping will not be allowed in order to give vendors the extra time they need to set up their booths with enhanced safety measures.

As an essential community service, the market has the support of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the Minister of Agriculture, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, as well as the local health authority – which has been instrumental with helping the market society develop and implement a strong and effective COVID safety plan.

“Errington Farmers’ Market has grown to become a vital hub, connecting community members to local farmers and food producers which strengthens the fabric of our society,” said Nicole Shaw, president of the Errington Farmers’ Market Society, in a public release.

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