Market stalls can open provided they adhere to the density quotient of one person per four square metres. The density quotient limits the members of the public that are permitted in a space at any one time to the number calculated by dividing the total publicly accessible space (measured in square metres) by 4 and: for an outdoor space, market or retail shopping centre, applies to the total space permitted to operate under these directions.
A person who owns operates or controls a market stall, market or retail shopping centre must:
Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others. In regional Victoria face masks are mandatory indoors and are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others. You must carry a mask with you at all times when you leave the home in case you need to use it.
At outdoor markets, performers should be set up to maintain a minimum of 1.5 metres distance from others.
All retail operators are now required to comply with the record-keeping requirement using the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.
Under the Third Step of the roadmap for reopening, a person who owns, controls or operates a market stall (whether indoor or outdoor) is permitted to serve food samples, as long as its predominant business is the provision of food and drink for consumption off the premises of the market. Each market stall must comply with the relevant food safety regulations.
There is no provision for outdoor seating at markets in the current Retail Goods directions. There are specific directions for seating provision as part of an outdoor food and drink retail facility. Markets or stalls wishing to provide seating must read and follow the specific directions for seating provision as part of an outdoor food and drink retail facility: Hospitality — food and beverage services sector guidance.
Anyone feeling unwell must not attend farmers’ markets.