Dandenong Market has been the soul of the city for 154 years and we’re committed to fulfilling that role by supporting our community through these very challenging times.
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 and in order to do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy, we’re temporarily making a few changes.
The good news is that most of our traders remain open for business, trading normal hours.
Dandenong Market remains open for our community as we are classified as an essential service by both the Victorian and Australian Governments. We fall under the same category as supermarkets and supermarkets.
All non-food stalls including all small businesses in the Bazaar, as well as our plant and flower sellers, key cutters, pet supplies seller, tools and garden suppliers and our popular auction are open.
We are taking every precaution to ensure the Market remains safe and welcoming for our visitors.
The Market is the perfect place to find fresh, affordable fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, bread and deli items. It also a treasure trove of merchandise at fantastic prices. Supporting small family businesses during these times is vital as they nurture and diversify our community.
It’s been heart-warming to watch the community come together to support these traders when they’ve needed it. To those people, we sincerely thank you.
This is a challenging time, but we also know that this is time when our community can support each other.
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All fresh food, grocery items and non-food related stalls including all small businesses in the Bazaar, as well as our plant and flower sellers, key cutters, pet seller, tools and garden suppliers and our popular auction are open
Restaurants and cafes including Dandenong Market Tavern and Café Marketto are open for business.
We know that some vulnerable customers may not feel comfortable shopping with us at this time.
From Thursday 23 July, customers are advised that, in accordance with Victorian Government regulations, wearing a mask or face covering is required when visiting Dandenong Market (unless you have a lawful excuse such as a medical condition that prevents you). Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask. All Market staff, traders and their employees are required to wear a mask or face covering. We must continue to do all we can to minimise the risk of infection and protect our families, friends and other customers.
Is Market Square open?
Yes! All of your favourite ready-to-eat food traders will be offering takeaway services. Tables and chairs have returned to Market Square and the Northern Food Court. When dining at Dandenong Market, it is asked that all visitors scan the QR found on each table and fill in the details required. We have increased the cleaning of these areas during this time. Please support these small businesses when you visit the Market.
Is the playground open?
Unfortunately, no. We need to ensure that children, as well as adults, are enforcing the physical distancing directives. It is impossible to do this in a multi-level playground. For more information on physical distancing regulations, please click here.
How can I contact the Market?
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, the Market Management office is closed. Please leave us a detailed message via email@example.com. Or, visit the Traders section of the website to contact your favourite traders directly.
What about hygiene?
We have intensified our cleaning regimen by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch areas in the Market. We have increased our supply of cleaning and personal hygiene supplies to meet demands and customer expectations. We have also moved to using stronger anti-viral disinfectants and added new signage throughout the Market reminding customers and traders to Stop Germs and Stay Healthy with handwashing messages in English, basic Chinese and Arabic. We are doubling the number of our cleaners to increase sanitising of surfaces, bathrooms and other frequently touched items such as door handles and ATM machines.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website is a great location to find the latest information or the Federal Government’s Department of Health website, both of which are being updated regularly.
How are you managing physical distancing?
We appreciate this is a concern. We are encouraging all customers to respect physical distancing directives by maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres in our outdoor areas – our Fruit and Vegetable sheds and Market Square. For all other areas of the Market, customers are asked to keep at least four square metres from each other.
To help customers comply with all physical distancing directives, queuing at our ATMs will be controlled with markers at appropriate distances on the ground (with ATM screens and touchpads regularly sanitised).
Our current overhead messages regarding physical distancing are played at least eight times each hour and recorded with more volume than all other messages.
We are monitoring foot traffic hourly.
Some traders offer contactless payment (pay wave) over cash and other payment options.
Many of our traders use ticketing systems to allow customers to maintain a safe distance while ensuring they are served in order.
Please respect the personal space of others and practice good hygiene by washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds.
For more information about physical distancing, please click here.
Thank you for continuing to support our small businesses and our community, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Market soon.