PEORIA (WEEK) - This weekend the Peoria Riverfront Market will open, but vendors will only be selling produce as part of their phased open.
If phase one goes well, phase two would add in agricultural products like meat and cheese. Phase three would include baked goods, and the final phase would add in arts and crafts.
"We want to make sure all our safety precautions are in place, and if things go well this weekend we are hoping to add meat, eggs, and cheese next weekend. We will see for the baked goods, maybe a few weeks after that. We're very anxious to get back to our event filled market, we miss it as much as everyone else does. We really want to get that put back in place," said RiverFront Market Association Executive Director, Sharon Gramm.
The market will also be enforcing new guidelines to operate similar to a grocery store instead of a social event.
"We are asking that everyone wear face masks if they are able to. We are going to have everyone to come in one main entrance that we ask everyone to come in, and we are asking customers to keep their pets at home. The vendors have done extra things to ensure safety precautions in place," added Gramm.
Another new addition, customers will not be allowed to touch any of the products.
The market will start this Saturday, May 16th, from 8 a.m. to noon. You can get more information on the RiverFront Market by visiting VisitDowntownPeoria.com.