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New safety measures in place at Aiken County Farmers Market

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The Aiken County Farmers Market has reopened with a series of social distancing guidelines for shoppers to follow. 

The Aiken County Farmers Market has reopened with new safety measures.

As the market returns after a hiatus due to the coronavirus, local residents patiently adjusted to the implemented changes designed to make their shopping experience safer.

Vendors are spaced at every other table with only one shopper at a time allowed at their stands with X's noting a 6-foot distance.

It's a practice that will continue at least until July, said Mary Rosbach, tourism supervisor with the City of Aiken.

For vendors like Claire Ramey of Ramey Farm, the return was well-received and more convenient than driving her orders back and forth from her farm in Salley to Aiken during the market's shutdown.

"I've always felt like this was a much safer place to be shopping anyway," she said. "It's open-air, and we have more (air) circulating."

Vendor Brittany Whisnant grows flowers and herbs for her stand and said she was looking forward to making a profit after her business was halted for so long.

"I've definitely been staying home a lot … but I like how they have (the market) set up right now," Whisnant said. "I still get a little fussy about people not wearing their masks right."

With distance a necessity even in the open market, vendor spaces at the farmers market will be in short supply for the next several weeks and will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and leaving room for only "necessity" sellers instead of crafters, Rosbach said. 

The Aiken County Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays at 115 Williamsburg St. NE.

Shoppers are recommended to bring their own masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

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