Out of the commitment to the health, safety and wellness of our customers, vendors, staff and community, RVGCM will be closing the market for two weeks beginning Tuesday, March 31. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 14 with a hired and trained Social Distancing Enforcement Officer to legally maintain social distancing of shoppers and vendors on market days.
During this temporary closure, RVGCM is committed to finding continued safety standards to meet the needs of State and local authorities.
Covid-19 is a serious infection that is very easily transferred between people and is about 10 times more likely to cause death than influenza. With 19 local cases (March 29) confirmed, it can seem like closing local businesses and schools temporarily is an unnecessarily heavy-handed response that may cause more harm than good. While these disruptions are painful and significant, they are temporary and necessary. RVGCM has agreed we must act aggressively now, to reduce the intensity of demand on our limited hospital facilities and save lives in southern Oregon.
Pandemics like COVID-19 highlight the importance of RVGCM's food chain and how fortunate we are to have a robust system of local food production from our farmers and makers. Whereas the spread of the novel coronavirus is a reflection of globalization, RVGCM markets embody the benefits of localization. The food at the markets is grown and made by people our customers know and trust. RVGCM's connections with the community strengthens our resolve to act in service to the community and nurture that trust by closing for two weeks.
Since we are a key access point in the local food system, we will share vendor alternative sales sites or methods for access to their products to the community via Facebook and Instagram.
We look forward to reopening on Tuesday, April 14. Until then, we continue to hold you and your families in our hearts and wish you a safe journey through these challenging times.
In good health,
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