Like the Queen Victoria Market (QVM), Preston and Prahran markets are still trading as normal, as long as authorities say it’s safe to do so.
Traders are regularly restocking fresh produce, meat, seafood and other essential items (plus delicious, non-essential ones).
Management at both markets say they are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and making adjustments to ensure the health and safety of shoppers, traders and staff.
“[The] safety of our community, our traders and our staff is, and always has been, a top priority,” a statement on the Preston Market Facebook page reads.
“We encourage you all to stay healthy, listen to your body and continue to support Australian small businesses, especially our local traders.”
The market is open Wednesday to Sunday and has cancelled upcoming events such as Greek Day and Easter Egg hunt.
Prahran Market has is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and on weekends, and will also open on Wednesday (March 25) between 9am and 12pm for the elderly, people with disabilities and carers to shop exclusively.
"Prahran Market is open for business as usual,” general manager Simon Ward said in a statement. “Many traders are seeing far more customers, especially when it comes to meat, poultry and fish. We have also put up a dedicated page on our website to inform people of traders who deliver.”
Ward said some of the market’s eateries, like many other businesses in Melbourne and across the country, have seen a slump in customers and are struggling.
“We do encourage customers to continue to support their local businesses, whether it be dining in or taking away,” Ward said.
Both markets have introduced additional hand-sanitiser stations.