DRC STATEMENT RE ‘MARKETS’ AND COVID-19

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), in direct response to the Australian Government’s instruction on 18 March 2020, in relation to mass gatherings and controls to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), has taken the following action to protect human health regarding ‘markets’ in the local government area (LGA):

  • Identified ‘food market’, the supply and sale of primary produce, as ‘essential’ and, as per the Australian Government’s instruction – exempt from cancellation.
  • Identified all other ‘markets’, ie. not specific to the sole purpose of sale and supply of primary produce, and therefore ‘non-essential’ as ‘entertainment’ and ‘light vendor retail’ – not exempt from cancellation.
  • Council staff have liaised with organisers and made determinations for events/markets proposed to be held on Council facilities. Under the Australian Government measures (18 March, 2020), and instruction from DRC CEO in line with Council’s protection of human health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Foodies Market – Dubbo Showground:  Friday 20 March - Cancelled (non-essential gathering)
  • Foodies Market – Cameron Park, Wellington:  Saturday 21 March - Cancelled (non-essential gathering)
  • Rotunda Market – Macquarie Street, Dubbo: Sunday 22 March - Cancelled (non-essential gathering)
  • Farmers Market – Macquarie Lions Park, Dubbo: Saturday 21 March - Supported (essential) the purpose of these markets is sale and supply of primary produce for the community.

In providing this instruction, DRC followed the Australian Government’s, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice regarding General Population - Outdoor Gatherings.

However, in line with the increased measures stipulated by the Australian Government, the Farmer’s Markets organisers will be required to ensure:

General Population - Outdoor Gatherings

  • In a given occupied space, there must be no more than one person per four square metres of ground space.
  • Availability of hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.

Food markets are exempt from the 500 person limit, however must undertake additional measures, such as control of patronage level numbers or stall density reduction to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

There may be other gatherings that are considered essential and it is at the discretion of the individual state and territory Chief Medical Officers or equivalent to assess each on their merits, and determine whether they can continue if mitigated by social distancing measures.

Last Edited: 19 Mar 2020

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