Dandenong Market has been the soul of the city for 153 years and we’re committed to fulfilling that role by supporting our community through these very challenging times.
However, in order to do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy, we’re temporarily making a few changes.
The good news is that the Market remains open for business, trading normal hours.
Dandenong Market is classified as an “essential service” which provides fresh produce to the wider community. We fall under the same category as supermarkets and supermarkets. We continue to take advice of the Australian Government and the Department of Health and Human Services
As directed by Premier Dan Andrews on Sunday 24 May, non-food stalls will reopen from Tuesday 2 June.
This includes 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.
We are taking every precaution to ensure the Market remains safe and welcoming for our visitors.
Supporting local, small businesses during these unsettling times is vital. The Market is the perfect place to find fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, bread and deli items.
This is a challenging time, but we also know that this is time when our community can support each other.
Do you have other questions? We hope we’ve answered them here:
Have any restrictions been lifted after the Victorian Government’s changes made on Sunday 24 May?
Yes, all 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 will reopen from Tuesday 2 June.
Ready-to-eat traders will continue to sell takeaway only.
Restaurants and cafes including Dandenong Market Tavern and Café Marketto will also operate as takeaway only.
Are all of your shops open?
All of our fresh produce stores are open – fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, delis and all of our bakeries.
All of our non-food 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
Is Market Square open?
Yes! All of your favourite ready-to-eat food traders will be offering takeaway services. We have removed all of the tables and chairs from the Market in light of social distancing regulations. We are encouraging everyone to support these small businesses while at the Market.
Is the playground open?
Unfortunately, no. We need to ensure that children, as well as adults, are enforcing the social distancing policies being put in place by the Australian Government including maintaining a distance of four square metres from others. It is impossible to do this in a multi-level playground. For more information on social distancing regulations, please click here.
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 any and all future demands. 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 numbers 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 social distancing?
We appreciate this is a concern. We are encouraging all customers to respect social distancing policies put in place by the Australian Government by maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres in our outdoor areas which are our Fruit and Vegetable section 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 the Federal Government’s social distancing laws, queuing at our ATMs will be controlled with markers at appropriate distances on the ground (with ATM screens and touch pads regularly sanitised).
We are monitoring foot traffic hourly.
Some traders prefer 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 social distancing, please click here.
We thank you for continuing to support our small businesses and our community, and look forward to welcoming you to the Market soon.