Kenora residents will be able to enjoy the first Matiowski Farmers’ Market of the season today, but the community is reminded of the many social distancing and safety precautions in place.

“We understand this is an enormous change from business as usual at the Market. We need to remain diligent with these measures now so that we can return to all the fun and enjoyment the Market brings in the near future,” explained Tourism Kenora staff.

You will only be allowed to enter the Market if you:

- Have no symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sort throat or shortness of breath),
- Have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days,
- Have not been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.

While under the Pavilion and exploring the Market, you must always keep a two-metre distance away from other customers and vendors. Masks are strongly recommended, and you’re asked to wash your hands before you begin shopping.

Customers will be asked to make their purchases as quickly as possible, and to not touch the products. You are asked to ask the vendor to choose them and package them for you.

The Market will only be selling essential items such as food and hygiene products. Only one person per family is asked to shop. There will be only one entrance and exit, and you’re asked to always follow the arrows and signage throughout the Market.

Staff will be present to help direct people in and out of the Market, and to ensure that people are not hanging around and socializing in the area. Residents are also asked to not smoke while waiting in line.

No open food samples will be distributed, and you’re asked to not eat food under the Pavilion. No seating areas of play areas will be allowed to be set-up around the area at this time. An ATM will not be made available.

Hand sanitizer and hand-washing supplies will be available for all vendors and customers throughout the area, and vendors are working to offer pre-packaged products and to round out their prices to reduce cash handling as much as possible.

“It’s going to be slower moving and less of a social experience, but we are able to have local and regional food vendors available and the Farmers’ Market is definitely a summer staple. We’re happy that we’re able to have 13 weeks of them from today until September 30!” said Matiowski Farmers’ Market Coordinator with the City of Kenora, Helena Devins.

Guides for the year’s first Matiowski Farmers’ Market provided by Tourism Kenora:

At this time, the City of Kenora plans to host 13 weeks of Matiowski Farmers’ Markets on every Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., beginning today and lasting until September 30. This is the community’s fifteenth annual year of Farmers’ Markets.

For more information:
Matiowski Farmers’ Markets will run this summer
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