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Farmers’ markets now banned in ‘bewildering’ decision

UPDATE: The DHHS has reversed its rule banning farmers markets. They may operate as usual.

The state government has been accused of rushing through a “bewildering” decision to ban farmers markets under Stage 4 restrictions.

It comes after several photos emerged at the weekend of busy local markets.

Despite providing essential food, farmers markets are no longer eligible to operate under a rule passed on Thursday night.

Farmer’s Market Director Geoff Rankin told Tom Elliott he was very disappointed and still had not been told why they could no longer operate.

“It’s a good question that nobody can answer except the government,” he said on 3AW Drive.

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