Newtown Market reopens following ten week closure

Newtown Market reopens following ten week closure

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Newtown Market in Wellington since Saturday has reopened after marking ten weeks of being closed due to Covid-19 uncertainty. The Market is a weekly fruit and vegetable stall operating at Newtown School. It has been functioning for about ten years.

Growers attend weekly to sell their products, and many have their specialties on what they sell. They also have stallholders who sell bread, barista coffee, tofu, cheeses. One stallholder specialises in vegan product.

It was the first week where traders had to operate at a higher Alert Level than Level 1, with Damian Yung, Market organizer, arriving at 4am to mark out new sites and implementing a distancing requirement. There's assurance that each stallholder uses a one-way in/out system.

Source: CC/ Sam Somers

Customers entering must always wear a mask when shopping at the Market, sanitise and scan in to track where they have been.

All customers have been apt following the public health measures put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anyone eating on site under Level 2 must be seated. To reduce this risk, the number of ready-to-eat food stalls was limited.

Source: CC/ Sam Somers

Newtown Market welcomed a new stallholder called Mask and Receive over the weekend.

They specialise in making cloth masks and have expanded their business since the recent Level 4 Lockdown.

Source: CC/ Sam Somers

Bean Here sold coffee, and let customers use their keep cups.

Over the next few weeks, Damian plans to reopen Johnsonville Market — another market site he operates. 

Newtown Market runs every Saturday. For more information on the Market, check their Facebook page for the latest details.

Image: SUPPLIED/CC- Sam Somers

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