HOLLAND — Officials from the Holland Farmers Market announced it will open Wednesday, May 13.


The market had to cancel its winter season in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Farmers Market officials have set up a series of COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that the market can operate safely for customers and vendors.


“We are pleased to be able to open as scheduled on May 13 after consulting with state and local officials and with guidance from our partners at the Michigan Farmers Market Association,” said Holland Farmers Market marketing coordinator Kara de Alvare in a statement.


“Customer safety has always been, and will continue to be, our top priority at the Market.”


The market will resume at its usual location, the Eighth Street Marketplace in the Holland Civic Center parking lot.


Items being sold will be limited to only essential goods such as food, hygiene products, plants and pet supplies.


The market will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday, but 8-9 a.m., the market will be reserved for shoppers who have compromised immune systems, are above the age of 60 or are pregnant.


Market staff will keep count of shoppers, and there will only be two exits and entrances to the marketplace, which will be fenced off.


Market officials highly recommend shoppers wear masks or some form of face covering while shopping. Under an executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, all Michiganders are required to wear face coverings any time they are in public.


Market officials also urge shoppers to maintain regular social distancing guidelines, such as keeping six feet away from others.


“While we are thrilled to be able to provide the community with access to fresh, healthy and locally grown food during the COVID-19 crisis, we do want to be clear that shopping at the Market will look different than it has in years past,” de Alvare said.


“Customers should shop as efficiently as possible and treat shopping at the market as seriously as they would treat shopping at the grocery store.”


Many vendors offer curbside pickup or pre-ordering. Shoppers are encouraged to pursue this route. More information can be found on the Holland Farmers Market Facebook page.