Public Health and COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 2021

Farmers’ markets are included on the list of business that are permitted to open.

Here are the relevant sections of the O.Reg. 82/20 Regulation:

Supermarkets, convenience stores, indoor farmer’s markets and other stores that primarily sell food

  • Open for in-person retail, subject to:
    – Members of the public being able to maintain two metres physical distance from every other person in the business or facility.
    – The number of persons occupying any room that is open to the public does not exceed 50% capacity of the particular room.*
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted.

* Limit capacity so that every member of the public is able to maintain two metres of physical distancing from every other person.  The maximum number of persons permitted is determined by taking the total square metres of floor space accessible to the public…not including shelving and store fixtures, dividing that number by 8 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

Outdoor markets

  • Includes farmer’s markets and holiday markets, only if they primarily sell food to the public.
  • Must require members of the public to remain outdoors at all times, including for curbside pick-up or delivery.

Markets are responsible to have their operations plan approved by their local public health unit.

Resources

Ontario Ministry of Health

Ontario Declaration of Emergency

COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises

Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Farmers’ and Fresh Food Markets (pdf)

Public Health Agency of Canada, 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak update

Public Health Ontario

Canadian Food Inspection Agency