*Public Update on COVID-19 - The Market Remains Open to the Public*

PLEASE SEE A LIST OF MERCHANTS WHO HAVE REDUCED HOURS OR CLOSURES HERE.

In collaboration with our colleagues at Toronto Public Health and other City partners, the St. Lawrence Market continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The St. Lawrence Market is a public food market that provides fresh and prepared foods to local residents. Since 1803 the Market has been a community anchor offering products and services to the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and Toronto overall. The Market believes in the importance of local food systems and is committed to remaining open to provide food access. The Market is a food retail establishment that remains open under guidance from the Province of Ontario.

The Market continues to be open to the public for regular hours of operation.

South Market (main Market at 91-95 Front Street East):

Tuesdays to Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays and Mondays: closed

St. Lawrence Market merchants, farmers and vendors have the option to reduce their store hours or close their store or stall. Those that have reduced hours or are closed have signage posted on site. PLEASE SEE A LIST OF MERCHANTS WHO HAVE REDUCED HOURS OR CLOSURES HERE.

All non-essential (non-food) businesses at the St. Lawrence Market have temporarily closed until further notice.

Saturday Farmers Market: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sunday Antique Market is temporarily closed until further notice.

While further information becomes available through the Medical Officer of Health, the Market continues to exercise an abundance of caution and take the following additional actions related to the developing COVID-19 situation:

  • The Market may conduct entrance screenings of all visitors including customers, staff and delivery personnel. Screenings will include the following questions:

o   Do you have any of the following symptoms?

§  Fever

§  Cough

§  Muscle aches and tiredness

§  Difficulty breathing

o   Have you travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?

o   Have you been in close contact with someone ill with COVID-19?

Visitors who answer yes to any of these screening questions will be advised not to enter the Market.

Screenings are intended to protect the wellbeing of customers and those working in the Market. They may be conducted at the South Market (main Market at 91-95 Front Street East) and/or the Farmers Market (in the Temporary Market at 125 The Esplanade).

  • In addition to centralizing entrances the Market is reminding customers to keep physical distance when entering the Market. Physical distance markers may appear at entrances in the form of stanchions or tape lines.
  • The Market requests that customers sanitize their hands upon entry to the Market.
  • Customers are reminded to keep physical distance from other customers and staff when at the Market to purchase food.

The wellbeing of our customers and merchants is of the highest importance. These enhanced precautions are in addition to the actions previously taken by the Market and Market merchants during the COVID-19 situation.

Actions taken by St. Lawrence Market:

  • The Market has centralized access point to manage customer traffic at the South (main) Market and the Saturday Farmers Market at 125 The Esplanade.

    South Market customers will be directed to use the following two entrances only:
    • Main automatic doors on Front Street East
    • Market Street, north entrance closest to Front Street East

Farmers Market customers will be directed to use the Market Street entrance only.

  • ·       To remind help customers perform physical distancing the Market will continue to limit the number of customers inside the building at this time. 
  •        Customers are reminded to keep physical distance from each other, merchants and staff when at the Market. Physical distancing means keeping 2 metres apart from others.
  • To help perform physical distancing and stop the spread of COVID-19, St. Lawrence Market recommends that customers take the following steps when shopping for food at the Market:
  • ·         Use automatic entrances whenever possible.
  •         Remember to sanitize your hands when entering the Market.
  • ·         Practice good hygiene and avoid touching your face.
  • ·         Order in advance for pick up (or delivery) when possible.
  • ·         Come to the Market with a plan.  Pick up the food that you need and avoid activities that encourage social gathering or congestion.
  • ·         Avoid unnecessarily touching products. Ask merchants for assistance if you have questions.
  • ·         Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters at all times from other customers and staff.
  • ·         Use electronic payment options such as Tap whenever possible.
  • ·         Signs have been posted on all exterior doors to remind customers that they should not enter the Market if they are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, have recently travelled or have been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • ·         Signs have been posted around the Market including at the elevators that remind customers and staff to physically distance themselves from each other. .
  • ·         St. Lawrence Market merchants, farmers and vendors will have the option to reduce their hours of operation. The Market will be open for core hours of operation the following dates and times:

    South (main) Market (91-95 Front Street East)
    Tuesdays to Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Sundays and Mondays: closed

    Core hours for the Saturday Farmers Market are Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • St. Lawrence Market merchants, farmers and vendors will have the option to close their store or stall. Those that are closed will have signage posted on site.

    All non-essential (non-food) businesses at the St. Lawrence Market have temporarily closed until further notice.
  • The Market will make best efforts to have a list of stores or stalls with reduced hours or any closed stores or stalls available on stlawrencemarket.com.
  • Entrances into St. Lawrence Market may be limited during expected peak times, if required, such as Saturdays, in order to manage the number of customers.
  • To promote physical distancing St. Lawrence Market is working with tour operators and tourism partners to ensure that no tours or tourism related activities are currently happening in St. Lawrence Market. St. Lawrence Market strongly encourages those who intent to visit St. Lawrence Market for tourism purposes not to visit at this time.
  • St. Lawrence Market has requested that those intending to come to the Market to busk, play music or conduct any type of performance that could encourage social gathering or congestion, to not visit at this time.
  • St. Lawrence Market will not accept requests for commercial filming or photography at this time. Media planning to attend the Market for news coverage can still do so while practicing physical distancing, but are encouraged to contact Samantha Wiles, Supervisor, Marketing, Communications & Events, St. Lawrence Market Complex, in advance by phone at 647-884-6567 or by email at samantha.wiles@toronto.ca
  • All seating areas in the Market have been removed until further notice. This includes all tables, chairs, benches, etc.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in public access areas of the Market, such as entrances, washrooms and seating areas.
  • The frequency of disinfecting and cleaning heavily touched surfaces in the Market has increased and is being regularly monitored by all staff. These areas include door handles, handrails, elevators, tables, chairs and more.
  • Staff are emptying garbage receptacles in public areas more frequently.
  • Washrooms are being maintained more often.
  • The supply of soap and sanitizing solution in staff and public areas is being regularly monitored.
  • The Market postponed the St. Lawrence Market Hours of Operation Pilot Project and maintained existing hours of operation.
  • The Market postponed all events and related activities.
  • St. Lawrence Market continues to work with food rescue partner Second Harvest and encourages merchants, farmers and vendors to continue to provide unsold food products to Second Harvest pickup volunteers or to deliver products directly to local Second Harvest diversion partners. Those interested in supporting Second Harvest's food rescue efforts should contact email@secondharvest.ca

    The St. Lawrence Market and Second Harvest have a long history of partnership in food rescue. Second Harvest has been picking up food that would otherwise go to waste from vendors at the Market since the charity's inception in 1985.

Actions recommended for St. Lawrence Market merchants:

  • Post signage within Market shops to inform customers about how to perform physical distancing.
  • Allow for physical distancing within your store. Ensure that the number of employees that you have working provides enough space for staff to distance themselves from each other and customers.
  • Limit entrances to your store and limit the number of customers permitted inside at a time to ensure that they have enough room to physically distance themselves from each other and staff. 
  • If possible, make modifications to your store that allow for physical distancing. This can include barriers or tape lines at cash registers or displays.
  • Provide staff with the most up to date information on COVID-19 and appropriate tools and equipment necessary to keep staff and customers well.
  • Continue to ensure that staff who are sick stay home. 
  • Encourage customers to use electronic payments such as Tap and consider operating cashless.
  • Take orders in advance and offer to walk out orders to vehicles for customers if requested.
  • Prepared food establishments in the Market will serve food for takeout only.
  • Pause all self-serve food counters and sampling. Prepacked bulk foods.
  • Increase the frequency of sanitizing heavily touched areas such as service counters and point-of-sale systems.
  • Be vigilant in following handwashing protocol, including washing hands often, with soap and water, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Consult Toronto Public Health information on COVID-19 for additional information and precautions.

The most current information on St. Lawrence Market operations is available at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StLawrenceMarket, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/StLawrenceMkt and or Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/StLawrenceMarket.