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We're Open, Tallahassee: Tallahassee Market provides safe space for local businesses, community amid pandemic

Posted at 6:23 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 18:23:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

For 25 years, the Tallahassee Downtown Market has been commonplace for local artists, businesses, and individuals to shop and interact every Saturday.

After being closed for 17 weeks due to the pandemic, it was vital to implement new safety precautions and reopen the market to help out local business owners.

Normally at least 40 vendors would fill Ponce de Leon Park, but with new safety regulations, less than half are able to participate.

"Some of the safety measures that we implemented have to do with the distancing of the tents where the vendors set up," said Allen Thompson, the director of Downtown Experience for the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority. "We have the tents placed six to eight feet apart. We also are requiring the vendors to wear masks and we have signs up that remind people that are visiting that they should wear masks and that we have hand sanitizing stations available. "

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone can enjoy the Downtown Market in Ponce de Leon Park while supporting the local community.

If you're a business supporting our community, we want to hear from you.

ABC 27 has made it easy to submit your own business.

This is not just Tallahassee. South Georgia small businesses, we want to hear from you too!

Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.

It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.

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