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After an eight-week enforced break, manager Maree Cadogan was excited to reopen the market under Alert Level 2 yesterday.
Safety measures were in place, there being a single entrance from Wansbeck St and customers were asked to sign a form and sanitise their hands before making their way through the stalls. Social distancing measures and crowd control were also being enforced.
Mrs Cadogan welcomed 13 stallholders back yesterday, about the same as the usual winter muster.
"There’s a couple [of stallholders] missing who would usually be here ... there’ll be more next week," she said.
For many people, going to the Oamaru Farmers’ Market every Sunday was social habit, so a sense of normality returned as they were able to pick up their locally grown produce and artisan fare again, Mrs Cadogan said.
"Everyone’s been really happy," she said.
Anvil Engineers provided one of its foot-operated hand sanitiser dispensers to be used at the market yesterday and Mrs Cadogan was hoping to make contact tracing easier in future weeks by introducing a QR code for people to scan when entering.