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O6 – When do I cancel a market due to bad weather?

Local weather conditions tend to dictate what should be done. For instance, it can be dangerously windy in one part of the country meaning that stalls can be blown over and goods scattered, yet other parts of the country can have ideal trading conditions. Market management has to consider the safety of the public, traders and their own staff as a priority. Ultimately the responsibility lies with the markets operator to deem the area safe for trading. Consideration should be given to wind speeds, impending weather conditions, surface conditions (eg frost, snow, ice) and types of stall/equipment being used as part of your risk assessments. Market operators also need to have an operational policy in place to deal with the question of “Should traders be charged when a market is closed for safety reasons due to bad weather?”

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