COVID-19 MARKET SAFETY

There will be some changes to the market you're used to visiting to ensure we can all follow the current guidance, and provide an environment where our visitors, traders and staff feel safe and comfortable.

 

We are delighted to have achieved the 'Good to Go'  Standard with the Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Markets in Northern Ireland.

 

Acquiring the Industry Standard 'Good to Go' Mark means that our market has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we have a Risk Assessment in place, as do our traders, and we have all implemented measures to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Many of our members have also undergone additional bespoke health and safety training

under the Taste Causeway Safe and Alert accreditation.

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VISITOR GUIDELINES

Please respect each other by respecting the guidelines.

We are committed to adhering to the Covid-19 government guidelines with safety protocols in place to ensure we meet the industry standards set by Tourism NI.

 

INDOOR  MARKET GUIDANCE

  • The entrance to the MARINE HOTEL Indoor market is through the main hotel entrance.

  • The market is split into two seperate function rooms - Kintyre Suite & Murlough Suite (due to hotel renovations)

  • The number of people permitted to enter the market at any one time will be controlled and restricted during busier times. 

  • Masks/face coverings will be required at indoor venues (unless exempt)

  • Queuing to acccess the indoor market should be expected during busier times.

  • In line with the hosting venues legal requirements we are required to collect market visitor details to help with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme.

  • Customer details will include the: name and telephone number of each visitor over the age of 16 & date and time of arrival

  • We will have fewer traders attending each market to allow more space for social distancing

  • Traders will be practicing social distancing

  • Contactless transactions will be available at most stalls, although they will also accept cash and will be following  the appropriate handling and hand sanitizing requirements  to ensure they maintain a high level of hygiene in interacting with all customers. 

  • Markets are usually places to socialise, due to restricted numbers permitted at the market we would ask that you please shop and leave when you have completed your shopping. Please do not linger in the market area socialising, others will be queuing outside waiting to enter.

  • Remember to maintain a safe social distance while queuing & walking around the market.

  • Please use the sanitiser provided if you're not carrying your own, remember to maintain a safe social distance while queuing & walking around the market site and don't forget to bring your reusable bag!

  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND if displaying symptoms of  COVID-19. If you have recently been tested for COVID-19 and waiting a result, please do not attend.

  • Please maintain social distance

  • Do not gather in social groups. If an area or queue is busy please return when it is quieter

  • Please use hand sanitiser regularly during your visit

  • Please respect requests from our staff & volunteers: We are working for your safety and everyone’s enjoyment

Lateral Flow Testing before Indoor Markets

  • It is strongly recommended that anyone taking part in, or attending, any events should take a Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) within 24 hours before they attend, and then on day 2 and day 8 after the market.

The purpose of this testing is:

  • to identify any positive cases in advance of the event to enable prompt self-isolation if this is required

  • to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection  

  • Anyone who needs a rapid tests for COVID-19 – known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests - can get them free of charge.

  • LFD test packs can be ordered online for free delivery to the home HERE

OUTDOOR MARKET GUIDANCE

  • The market is outdoor with plenty of space for queues and social distancing but it can get busy at times.

  • We will have fewer traders attending each market to allow more space for social distancing

  • Our markets are also currently held more frequently to help reduce potential footfall on any one day.

  • Traders will be practicing social distancing

  • Contactless transactions will be available at most stalls, although they will also accept cash and will be following  the appropriate handling and hand sanitizing requirements  to ensure they maintain a high level of hygiene in interacting with all customers. 

  • Please come, shop and leave when you have completed your shopping. Please do not linger in the market area.

  • Remember to maintain a safe social distance of at least 1m while queuing & walking around the market site.

  • Please use the sanitiser provided if you're not carrying your own, remember to maintain a safe social distance while queuing & walking around the market site and don't forget to bring your reusable bag!

  • DO NOT ATTEND if displaying symptoms of  COVID-19 or have been in recent contact with those who are positive or displaying symptoms. If you have recently been tested for COVID-19 and waiting a result, please DO NOT ATTEND

  • Please maintain social distance of AT LEAST 1 metre

  • Do not gather in groups. If an area or queue is busy please return when it is quieter

  • Please use hand sanitiser regularly during your visit

  • Please respect requests from our staff & Volunteers: We are working for your safety and everyone’s enjoyment

Lateral Flow Testing

  • It is strongly recommended that anyone taking part in, or attending, any events should take a Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) within 24 hours before they attend the market, and then on day 2 and day 8 after the market.

The purpose of this testing is:

  • to identify any positive cases in advance of the event to enable prompt self-isolation if this is required

  • to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection  

  • Anyone who needs a rapid tests for COVID-19 – known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests - can get them free of charge.  

  • LFD test packs can be ordered online for free delivery to the home HERE