Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is still operating as usual and stocking fresh produce, meat and seafood, as well as household essentials such as pasta, eggs, baked goods, cleaning products and pet food from its 600-plus traders.
“Victorian businesses, in particular the retail sector, are facing unprecedented times,” a statement from the market’s management said.
“In an already challenging retail environment and with businesses still recovering from the impact of the bushfire crisis, Covid-19 has presented yet another challenge for Queen Victoria Market traders. The market is encouraging Melburnians to continue to shop at the market and support the traders through this difficult time.”
QVM is taking advice from authorities and has introduced a range of measures to protect its customers, traders and staff in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
New hand-sanitiser units have been added and additional cleaning staff are rostered on. Several events have been postponed, including the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. The Europa Night Market, usually held on Wednesday nights, has been cancelled.
The fresh-food areas of the market open at 6am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with specialty shops open from 9am. All areas of the market open at 9am on Sundays.