JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Journal Square Green Market in Journal Plaza got rolling on Wednesday with fresh fruit and vegetables, a wide selection of plants and flowers, and an assortment of pre-packaged treats, albeit with new precautions in effect.
“We’re excited to be back in business”, said Debbie Mangual-Condi, the Market Manager for the Journal Square SID. “We’ve worked closely with our municipal partners and vendors to establish social distancing rules and new procedures at the market to keep our neighbors healthy and safe.”
The new rules and procedures for one of Jersey City’s longest running green markets include designated areas for entry and exit, maintaining six feet of separation from other customers, and the requirement that all customers and vendors wear masks/face coverings. Visitors to the market are also encouraged to restrict their time at the market to 30 minutes to limit crowding and to make social distancing easier to maintain. A complete list of guidelines can be viewed here.
Chris Bernardo, Administrator for the Journal Square SID said, “We appreciate the City’s commitment to making sure that farmers markets around the City were able to operate this year.” Bernardo indicated that the City’s Health Department and Cultural Affairs Department were instrumental in making the markets possible, adding, “The City was out ahead of the crisis on many fronts including preparation for safe public spaces for programming like the City’s popular outdoor markets.”
In support of safe market operations, the Journal Square SID’s Clean Team is focusing on disinfecting high-touch areas and pressure washing in and around the market area. Jordan Galatz, President of the Journal Square SID underscored, “The health and safety of our customers and neighbors is paramount—we stand with those that have been impacted by the pandemic and we will continue to direct resources toward mitigating the spread of the virus in and around our public spaces.”
The Journal Square Green Market operates every Wednesday and Friday from 2pm-8pm now through December 23. Shoppers are encouraged to pay online and to arrange for curbside pick-up at the market. To coordinate online purchases, please click here and follow links to individual vendors.
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