MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Public Market will reopen its doors to customers on Wednesday, June 10, the market announced Tuesday.
A variety of new safety features will be in place, as the market says it is focusing on a "responsible reopening."
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“A responsible reopening plan was something we felt was vital before we considered opening our doors again, not only for our employees but for our customers and their families,” said Public Market Executive Director Paul Schwartz. “It has always been our goal to provide the best experience to our patrons. That experience includes purchasing quality products, served by healthy and friendly employees in clean and safe environment. Ensuring we can abide by those principles has never been more important to us."
The market had been offering its curbside pickup program for some vendors, but now guests will be allowed back inside. Here's a list of changes you can expect starting Wednesday, courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Market:
· All Market employees are required to use face coverings.
· All vendors and management are required to administer temperature & health screenings to employees daily at the beginning of each shift
· The 2nd Level seating area will remain CLOSED for the time being. Restrooms and market office access will be permitted.
· We strongly encourage customers to wear face coverings until they begin eating inside the Market. If customers don’t have a face covering and would like one, we will provide a mask free of charge as long as our supplies are full.
· 8 additional touch-free hand sanitizing stations are being added throughout the first level
· Customers will be encouraged to eat outside, as the market has expanded outdoor dining areas around the perimeter of the Market.
· Seating areas have a regular sanitization schedule and are spaced 6-feet apart per CDC and Milwaukee Health Department guidelines
· Indoor dining options will be offered at select vendor spaces in reduced capacity, proper distancing and in many cases will also include physical barriers between chairs/tables.
· New HVAC filters have been added to filter finer particles. (In addition, through a combination of exhaust fans and our HVAC system, the air inside the building is estimated to be turned over every 3-5 minutes.)
· Additional cleaning measures and designated staff will be responsible to maintain the market’s already high level of sanitization standards.
· Some vendors will continue to offer curbside pickup options for customers
· Many vendors will be implementing additional safety precautions, such as touch-free payment processes and modified food safety steps, to promote customer health and wellness.