The coronavirus pendemic has produced the requirement for increased hand hygeine and the promotion of social distancing. This unit explains both and what action you should be taking as a stallholder on our markets to comply. It then ends with a brief quiz to test your knowledge.
It is well established that the coronavirus passes from one person to another either by airborn particles or by virus picked up by the hands and transfered to the face where it can enter the body. It is not thought to survive for long in the environment.
The virus can be killed on your hands by washing with soap for 20 seconds. This is because the soap attacks the outer coating of the sack the virus is contained within and when exposed it 'dies'. Alternately, it can be killed by using hand sanitiser with over 60% alcohol.
Alternately, gloves can be worn as a 'second skin' and disposed of after use.
Face masks can prove useful but, when used by the public, it is though mainly to stop the emmision of virus charged airborn particles leaving the mouth during coghing/sneezing. However, they may reduce the chance of breathing such particles in as well.
Glasses (or goggles/visors) can also stop such particles entering the eyes when sneezed/coughed into a persons's face.
You may also see medical staff wearing disposable overclothing. This is to remove the cance of virus lodging in cloths and being transferred by hands to the face.
Currently, the official recommended course of action is to wash/sanitise hands after contact with people/surfaces, not to touch one's face prior to that action and to keep over 1.5 meters from other people.
Given that the virus is passed from one person to another the idea of distancing has obvious appeal as a tactic. In order to promote this there have been two approaches adopted:
The NSW Governement is frequently updating the public health order (Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) which includes rules restricting the number of people who can meet, banned activities, activities which are allowed where a COVID Safety Plan is in place and the like.
If a market predominantly sells food a limit is not placed on the number of visitors (although policy recommendations promotes social distancing) and a record of vistors is not required.
The main policy recommendation of relevance to operation of markets is the recommendation to stay more than 1.5 meters away from other people 'when possible'. This leads to practices such as floor marking with lines or crosses 1.5 meters apart to help manage queues.
There are a range of actions the market should take to help support public policy but no particular actions required by law save to ensure we remain a food market in order to be covered by the exemptions. To this end we have adopted a predominantly food policy until the Health Order is varied.
Our markets have adopted the following measures at each market to support public policy:
Traders should adopt the following code.
It's important that trader adopt enhanced cleaning procedures. This means disinfecting touch points such as credit card taps and the like in a systematic way (eg every hour) and to keep a record. A simple paper record like the ones used in toilets will suffice.
Please complete and submit the quiz below.