Saturday Morning Market returns to Al Lang Stadium this November

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The St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market returns to the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium on Saturday, November 14 from 9am-2pm. The market season will run through Saturday, May 29, so you have plenty of chances to enjoy the farm fresh treats from your favorite vendors.

“We’re thrilled to be returning with this award-winning weekly event! And we are sobered by the need to practice very strong COVID safety measures in order to protect our customers, vendors and the community,” wrote the Saturday Morning Market organizers on Facebook.

All customers and vendors will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of their visit. There will be just 3 entries, so organizers can monitor mask compliance. Food and drink must be consumed outside the Market footprint, in order to assure 100% mask wearing while shopping.

New safety guidelines at the Market

To insure 100% mask wearing within Market, there will be no eating or drinking allowed within the Market. There are a variety of nearby location options for consuming your favorite foods.

Some vendors have chosen not to participate (at this time) due to their personal circumstances.

The Saturday Morning Market will not have live musical entertainment within Market, as they want to encourage customers to shop quickly.

The following are the practices that will be followed for the duration of the COVID pandemic.

Mask Requirement

Masks must be worn by all vendors and customers during Market hours.

The Saturday Morning Market will offer a free mask to any customer that needs one. Customers who choose not to wear a mask will be asked to leave. They are attempting to achieve 100% mask compliance within the Market.

Controlled Entry

There will be just 3 entries to the Market, so that the team can actively monitor mask compliance at each entry. Fencing will be setup around the perimeter of the Market to ensure all customers enter through one of our official entrances.

Eating/ Drinking at Market

The Market has an extensive array of food vendors that offer food to potentially consume immediately.

Eating and drinking results in people taking off their masks. As the Saturday Morning Market is committed to a maximally safe environment for all market goers, we will not allow eating or drinking within the Market footprint.

Customers can can eat/drink outside the Market footprint, including on the large lawn to the east of the Market. Customers should observe social distancing when eating.

All food will be packaged in a closed ‘to-go’ container. The tables and chairs will not be offered inside of Market during this COVID period.

Social Distancing

The Saturday Morning Market has increased the space between vendor booth spacing by 2 feet This will decrease customer proximity while shopping. Signs and ground markings will also assist in observing 6 ft distancing.

Hand Sanitizing

They are putting hand sanitizer stands at multiple points around the Market. Saturday Morning Market organizers are asking vendors to have at least one sanitizer bottle at their booth.

Al Lang Stadium is located at 101 1st Avenue Southeast. Visit the Saturday Morning Market website for more details.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.