Markets paused

Dear valued stall holders,

Thank you for your feedback and support with this constantly changing situation. 

This morning the Government announced that all indoor gatherings of over 100 people are banned. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the pausing of all Byron Bay Markets until further notice – this includes Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market. 

We have not made this decision lightly and have agonised over it for the past 2 days. We have made the decision to pause our markets none the less, for multiple reasons. We are acutely aware of the impact this will have on our stall holders. This is why it has been so difficult and why we will be working on ways to help support you through this as best we can.

But a limit of 100 people indoors doesn’t mean markets…

That is correct for now. However, in this rapidly changing environment and based on trends in other countries who are further along in the development of this virus, it is likely that the Government will be putting further restrictions on gatherings in the coming weeks. 

As the Community Centre, we have a social responsibility to limit the chances of the spread of the virus and we are not confident that we would have the resources to manage this at our markets. One of the crucial factors in limiting the virus spreading rapidly is social distancing and hygiene. We do not have facilities to provide access to hand washing and sanitiser for our patrons, nor can we mitigate the social distancing in these areas. 

We also have no way of controlling the numbers of people who attend our markets. We would be risking fines of over $11,000 should the events exceed these numbers. 

I hope you can understand what a precarious situation we are in and that we did not make this decision without research and advise from the Government. 

What now?!

It’s a complex and complicated situation and is a moving feast. Decisions we make today may have to be readdressed shortly as the directives and information changes. 

Management will be brainstorming and getting advice on ways to support stallholders during this time. Kate Hardman, Markets Manager, has been discussing innovative ideas and ways for stallholders to continue doing business in these challenging times and will be putting together more information as soon as resources have been gathered.  

Please keep an eye on your emails for further communications about ways in which we can support our stall holders in these tough times. 

Feel free to ask more questions, it is our priority to keep you as informed as we can.

Help & Support

Centrelink: has resources available for small businesses and those in need. 

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/centrelink

NSW Gov: click here for information about cash flow assistance for small businesses.

For updated information about the Byron Community Centre services please head to our website:

We recommend keeping yourself updated with the latest COVID19 information from reliable sources.

ABC Podcast – CoronaCast:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/coronacast/

Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus or COVID19. They break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.

For more information about social distancing: 

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing

Some Government websites that are helpful:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au
 
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
 
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/covid-19-public-events-order-20200315.pdf
 
https://www.pm.gov.au/media

We wish you all health and safety in these turbulent times.

Your Byron Markets Team 

All the best,  

Your Markets Team

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