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Oswego

Vendors, shoppers return as Oswego Country Market opens with COVID-19 measures in place

The Oswego Country Market returned to the village's downtown Sunday morning with additional health safety measures in place in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 28 small businesses and area farms filled booths along a portion of Main Street and om the parking lot next to The Village Grind and Bella-Gia, just west of Main Street.

The Oswegoland Park District organizes the weekly market every summer.

Cori Veverka, park district recreation supervisor, praised the turnout for Sunday's event, the first for 2020.

"It's been a beautiful day, we've got our full slate of vendors," Veverka said. Fewer vendors participated Sunday than in previous years, but Veverka said the additional space helped customers and businesses to spread out and practice social distancing.

New rules put into place included the encouraged use of face masks, maintaining social distancing, and "shopping with your eyes" instead of hands to allow vendors to handle products and prevent cross contamination. The park district also created a one-way flow of traffic with an entrance at the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Street and an exit by the Oswego Public Library at Jefferson and Main streets.

"It seems to be going well. A lot of people are asking questions and being very respectful of the encouraged one-way traffic through to keep that flowing nice and easy and our entrance and our exit," she said. "It's been very nice to get people out here."

The Country Market season continues Sunday, opening at 9 a.m.

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