One of the most popular events on the Tablelands is set to return to Yungaburra this weekend.
The popular Yungaburra markets are reopening this Saturday, July 25 from 7am.
Yungaburra Markets co-ordinator Nicole Willinger said the last markets were held in February and that reopening with COVID on everyone’s mind was fantastic and scary at the same time.
“We are concerned with the increasing levels of COVID-19 numbers down south,” she said
“We want to do everything that we can to give our stallholders the opportunity to keep trading but also give people the opportunity to go to the markets and enjoy their fresh produce, but we need to do it in the safest way possible.”
Nicole said to reopen they needed to implement a new range of safety and social distancing restrictions.
“We have removed some rows from the markets to give people more room to move around,” she said
“We are putting up signage to remind everybody of social distancing and we are also asking people with flu-like symptoms not to attend.
“We are also trying to implement a one-way system so that people are walking in the same direction rather than into each other.”
Store holders have also been sent a checklist, which includes directives that all stallholders must have hand sanitizer and that every store must maintain social distancing
Nicole said they are also asking people not to linger. “We are not providing seated food areas, there will still be food on sale but there won’t be places to sit.”
“I am being inundated with people wanting to have a market stall, I am turning people away. It’s flattering that the community want to be involved.”
One person who can’t wait to open up his stall at the upcoming Yungaburra markets is Trevor Allwood from Tolga who has been selling his handcrafted wooden products at the market for over a year “It’s a good country type market, with lots of people making things by hand.”
“We are really looking forward to getting back and seeing our friends and customers and to start selling again.”
The Yungaburra Markets are on this Saturday from 7am -12pm