The Byron Farmers Market is to be held opposite Elements resort on Bayshore Drive this week, while health authorities use the Cavanbah Centre for a drive-through COVID testing service.
A spokesperson for the markets said organisers had a contingency plan in place with the Byron Shire Council and the markets would start as usual this Thursday from 7am, with a closing time of 11am.
State health authorities reportedly planned to keep the drive-through testing service running at the Cavanbah Centre for the rest of the week, the spokesperson said.
Organisers of the markets said they were following COVID-19 public health measures including the practising of safe hygiene, with sanitiser available at every stall; physical distancing markers at every stall; and face-masks being worn.
Anyone going to the markets was required to scan in using the QR code at the entrance, organisers said, and to wear a mask.
An earlier social media post from organisers said they were not taking ‘a political stand or passing judgement’.
‘We are simply doing everything we can to stay open so our farmers can continue to supply our community with fresh locally grown and nutrient-dense food,’ the post read.
The same protocols were also in place at the Byron Farmers Markets’ ‘sister’ markets in Bangalow, the spokesperson said.