2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

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2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market
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At the Farmers Market in downtown Santa Barbara on a windless Saturday morning, shoppers and vendors were in close proximity to each other and the fresh food being sold there. Although the market had posted Covid-19 warning signs calling for 6’ social distancing, there was no enforcement of that.

By contrast at most local grocery stores, the entrances are blocked by store employees who are gatekeepers managing the entrance of shoppers in line. Their goal is to spread shoppers out and manage the number of shoppers in the store, and presumably minimize the amount of Covid-19 germs airborne.

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LooseCannon Mar 21, 2020 04:52 PM
2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

The elderly and people with dangerous medical conditions should isolate themselves. I recommend the following article, "Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?" in yesterday's New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-social-distancing.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

LooseCannon Mar 21, 2020 04:46 PM
2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

Yes, millennials can catch COVID-19, and because many of them vape, their lungs are compromised. But according to a recent article in the New York Times, the mortality rate for this age group (to which I do not belong, incidentally) is miniscule.

lutra Mar 21, 2020 04:41 PM
2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

Younger people need to be more aware that Covid-19 can also be serious for them too. See this article which talks about the recent CDC report detailing current US cases: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/03/19/coronavirus-illnesses-can-serious-young-adults-cdc-report/2874271001/ SB County currently has a low number of cases. However, the number can easily balloon if we ignore social distancing advice. About a week ago New York had ~500 cases, but next thing I know they have over 7000, with recent increases of ~1000/day. Their medical arena is facing shortages in every aspect. Our goal is to keep our cases low while we still can, and to do this, people need to start taking this a lot more seriously.

420722 Mar 21, 2020 03:52 PM
2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

Maybe move the farmers market to a bigger open lot or even a park with open space (ortega park has a huge grassy area) to allow the vendors the ability to space out. Don’t close the farmers market as they are a great source of local produce. We need to support our farmers.

a-1594521037 Mar 21, 2020 03:36 PM
2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

Still think farmer's markets should be temporarily closed UNLESS, all booths are spread far apart to prevent clustering. Clearly from this photo it wouldn't do much though.

a-1594521037 Mar 21, 2020 03:43 PM
2’ is the new 6’ at the Farmers Market

Agree, it is frankly stupid to believe people would have even been able to keep their 6ft distance in the same location. Should have been moved to a larger space or canceled - please do this moving forward, Farmer's Market!

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