October market off; garden party off

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The Tamahere Market scheduled for this Saturday (October 16) is cancelled because the current Covid alert level doesn’t allow it and – UPDATE – a garden party planned for later in the month is also off.

Tamahere is currently in level 3, which continues until at least – UPDATE – Friday, October 22.

“We cannot run a market in Level 3,” said market organiser Jane Manson who had to can the market ahead of Wednesday’s announced extension to the alert level.

Siteholders had been supportive of the advance cancellation as they knew the constraints organisers operated under, said Manson of St Stephen’s Tamahere Church, which hosts the market.

“But they are really desperate to be trading again.

“The market doesn’t only provide a venue for their sales, but as market ‘family’, many need that connection to keep spirits up and to maintain contact with other people.”

The next market is scheduled for November 20 and planning is also underway for the two December markets – the twilight market on December 4 and the regular December market on December 18.

“We will definitely operate under (Delta) Covid Level 2 and we hope that the public come along and wait patiently if need be just to support local small businesses,” Manson said.

Meanwhile, St Stephens has – UPDATE – postponed a garden party till November. More details to come. It will be a small and outdoor-focused sale of all things in the garden – plants, plants, and more plants along with garden art, sculpture, ceramics and accessories.

Manson added that discussion around the market has now turned to the necessity to be vaccinated to be at the market.

“I think this will become mandatory shortly as in the eyes of the Ministry of Health we are an event. How we will monitor that will be interesting but St Stephens Church Tamahere will continue to put themselves out there to support the community and our market family.”

The government announced earlier that Kiwis will need to get vaccinated this month if they want to go to large events over the summer.

It is unveiling its vaccine certificate plan, and says vaccines might also be needed to go to hospitality venues like bars and restaurants.

The government will look to mandate its use for larger festivals and will create a legal framework for organisers not mandated to use the system if they wish. However it has ruled out its use for essential services like supermarkets, universities, and medical services.

The vaccine certificate will be able to be printed out or displayed on a mobile phone, with the government keen to get it fully launched by November. A beta version is already available.

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