COVID-19 Health Measures

COVID-19 Health Measures at the Helotes MarketPlace

The City of Helotes is committed to the health and safety of our staff, vendors, and visitors at the Helotes MarketPlace event. We continue to follow the recommended protocols from medical professionals. We have implemented the following health measures in the spirit of community health and safety.

 

Social Distancing

The total number of vendor booths has been reduced to help maintain a safe distance between vendors. In addition, we encourage all vendors and visitors to maintain six feet social distance from those individuals not in their same household.

 

Signage throughout the MarketPlace will remind all visitors to practice social distancing while attending this outdoor arts and crafts event.

 

Face Masks

Face masks are not required, although, the City of Helotes highly recommends that all attendees wear a cloth face covering when they cannot maintain six feet social distance from other individuals not located within their same household. Medical experts agree that wearing face coverings is one of the most effective measures to minimize the risk of exposure to germs, including the COVID-19 virus.

 

Personal Hygiene

The City of Helotes will provide hand sanitizing stations through the MarketPlace event for public use. It is highly recommended that staff, vendors, and the public maintain good hygiene, including frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer. The MarketPlace recommends that all vendors have hand sanitizer readily available at their booth space.

 

Food Vendors

All vendors serving food (both Food Court and Cottage Food) at the Helotes MarketPlace are required to follow these measures:

 

  • Food samples may not be distributed unless they are individually packaged/wrapped.
  • Condiments or flatware must be single-use and individually wrapped or in reusable containers that can be disinfected after each use.
  • Vendors shall follow proper food-handling protocols as outlined in the City of Helotes Temporary Food Permit Application (Food Court) or the State of Texas (Cottage Food).
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with customers between uses (such as credit card machines, countertops, menus, etc.).

 

For a complete list of food vendor requirements and policies, applicable vendors shall review the 2021 Helotes MarketPlace Vendor Policies & Instructions document.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

Anyone who feels unwell or has the symptoms listed below should not attend the Helotes MarketPlace event.

 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms. Visit the CDC website for more information.

 

Safety Disclosure

Participation in the Helotes MarketPlace is voluntary. Individuals shall evaluate current conditions and their own personal needs when deciding whether or not to participate in large public gatherings. While the City of Helotes is taking measures to minimize the risk, there is always a chance of exposure to the virus at any large public gathering. By participating in the City of Helotes MarketPlace event, the individual is assuming all risks.