Category: State/Local Guidelines

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets: Farmers Market Guidance

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | State/Local Guidelines

The Agency of Agriculture recognizes the importance of farmers markets to our farmers, communities, heritage and culture.  We are excited to announce that farmers markets will be able to re-open on May 1, following guidance from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

This guidance is intended to help farmers markets’ serve communities and provide direct access to
healthy, nutritious foods, while also supporting local farmers and food businesses.

 

Published May 12, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

District of Columbia: Mayor’s Order 2020-058

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | State/Local Guidelines

Mayor Bowser Issues Order Establishing Social Distancing Protocols for Food Sellers and Requirements for Farmers’ Markets to Operate During Public Health Emergency

 

Published May 12, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

SNAP: COVID-19 Waivers by State

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | State/Local Guidelines

On April 10, 2020, USDA issued a letter denying several types of waivers requested by state SNAP agencies that do not meet requirements for approval.  FNS is working to add those requests to the individual state pages listed in the link below.

 

Published May 12, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Online DatabaseState & Local Policy

Alaska: COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FARMERS MARKETS

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Market Guidelines/Toolkits | State/Local Guidelines

We believe that farmers markets provide vital food access services to our community.

Under the Governor’s Health Mandates, Farmers Markets, like grocery stores and supermarkets, are considered “essential businesses.” To help market operators adapt to this rapidly changing economic and public health situation, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Alaska Farmers Market Association have compiled information and recommendations from farmers markets, state associations, health departments and the Centers for Disease Control.

 

Published May 11, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource State & Local Policy

Essential Services: State Declaration vs. CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Public Policies | State/Local Guidelines
Example of state declaration:  New York

“This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD) and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the workforce reduction restrictions.”

Executive Order 202.6

 

Example of state deference to CISA guidance:  Georgia

“Critical infrastructure means a business, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations, and organizations labeled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as ‘essential critical infrastructure workforce’ in guidance dated March 19, 2020 and revised on March 28, 2020… The operation of Critical Infrastructure shall not be impeded by county, municipal, or local ordinance.”

Executive Order

Guidance and FAQs for Statewide Shelter in Place Executive Order

 

Published May 06, 2020 State & Local Policy

Indiana Agriculture Information for Stay at Home Order

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Public Policies | State/Local Guidelines
Published March 24, 2020 Download Resource Letter

San Mateo County Shelter In Place Statement:

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Public Policies | State/Local Guidelines

San Mateo County affirms that farmers markets are essential services even as it issues “shelter in place” statement:

Published March 17, 2020 Download Resource Letter

Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association: Farmers’ Markets Exempt From Restaurant and Bar Closure

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | Public Policies | State/Local Guidelines
Published March 17, 2020 Download Resource Letter

Santa Clara County Public Health Guidance On COVID-19

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | State/Local Guidelines

Guidance on coronavirus from Santa Clara County Public Health Department advising that farmers markets may remain open with appropriate precautions.

Published March 16, 2020 Download Resource Letter

Los Angeles Health Department COVID-19 guidance

COVID-19 | Emergency Response | State/Local Guidelines

Guidance that markets can remain open but must follow appropriate procedures

Published March 16, 2020 Download Resource Letter