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COMMOMWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
CITY OF NORTHAMPTON
BOARD OF HEALTH
COVID-19 MANDATORY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR ALL FARMERS’ MARKETS AND FARM STANDS IN NORTHAMPTON
Commencing on April 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., the following Policies and Procedures MUST be implemented at all times on all farmers’ markets in the City of Northampton.
Amended May 4, 2020
The term “farmers’ market” shall mean “a public market or public market place located in a city or town that operates or occurs more than once per year for the primary purpose for Massachusetts farmers, from more than one farm, to vend food, crops and other farm related items that they have produced directly to the public,” as set forth in 105 Mass. Code Regs. 590.001.
The term “Market Manager” shall mean an individual assigned with the responsibility of assuring compliance with the requirements of this Order. Prior to commencing a farmers’ market, the contact information for the market manager shall be filed with the Director of Public Health. The Market Manager must be present during the duration of the market.
The term “Vendor” shall mean collectively any farmer participating in the farmers’ market and their employees, agents, contractors, or any other worker assisting in the vending of Products at the farmers’ market.
FARMERS’ MARKET SAFETY STAND DOWN
Prior to initial opening of any farmers’ market, the Market Manager shall conduct a safety stand down with all Vendors to disseminate these Policies and Procedures to all Vendors and to inform Vendors of their obligations under this Order. All vendors must keep a copy of these Policies and Procedures posted at their individual sales area.
ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SICK VENDORS
Prior to starting a shift, each Vendor and each Market Manager employee or agent shall certify to the Market Manager that they are not exhibiting the following;
COVID-19 Typical Symptoms:
“Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for about 15 minutes (this includes riding in a vehicle with), or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic,
Any person on the farmers’ market site exhibiting symptoms or unable to self-certify must be directed to leave the farmers’ market site and seek medical attention and applicable testing by their health care provider. They are not to return to the site until cleared by a medical or public health professional.
GENERAL ON-THE-JOB PROCEDURES TO PREVENT EXPOSURE AND LIMIT THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS
Each Market Manager must submit a detailed Plan for review and approval of the Director of Public Health. The plan must include the following:
Each Market Manager shall ensure the following requirements are met:
NO FARMERS’ MARKET MAY COMMENCE OPERATIONS UNTIL ALL OF THE FOREGOING REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH. NO VENDOR MAY PARTICIPATE IN A FARMERS’ MARKET WITHOUT FILING OF THE NARRATIVE STATEMENTS REQUIRED BY THIS ORDER IN A FORM SATISFACTORY TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on April 26, 2020.
Amended 12:30 p.m. on July 6, 2020.