Grand Bazaar NYC’s Commitment to Health and Safety Measures
We are looking forward continuing to support NYC’s independent artist, designers, craft-makers, vintage and antique dealers, and food entrepreneurs, so that they can reopen their businesses after many months of loss of income and a fear of uncertainty. And, as before we are committed to raising funds for the four local public schools and their 2,000 children by donating 100% of our profits.
Therefore, as we prepare to reopen the Grand Bazaar, we want to ensure we take all necessary steps and health and safety precautions for our merchants, staff and visitors, schools, and for the greater community of New York City. This responsibility we take very seriously!
We remain deeply committed on focusing on your well-being when at the Grand Bazaar. For this reason, we have restructured how we operate, from merchant briefings and requirements, to floorplan layouts, load-ins, set-ups, presentations, sterilization, and updated health and safety policies. We have reimagined the Bazaar’s experience so that everyone can enjoy it responsibly. We have put together our health and safety measures after reviewing the guidance of our government, including the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC).
Acting responsible and doing what is right is a core value of Grand Bazaar NYC. While there is a risk of contracting Covid-19 in public places, we want to do our part in helping to promote each other’s safety. There are many important ways that we together can help everyone. As we implement our guidelines, we want to thank all our merchants, staff and visitors for doing their part and for being so supportive – as we are all in this together.
1. Health and Safety
Our approach is a team-effort of helping reducing the risk in a carefully managed environment.
- Reduced capacity and physical distancing, merchants and visitors: We will be controlling the number of visitors entering the Bazaar, and the number of merchants setting up. Thus, allowing for more open space for physical distancing, a key measure reinforced by the CDC. Additionally, physical barriers may be set-up throughout the Bazaar.
- Temperate checks: All merchants and staff temperature checks are required to enter the Bazaar.
- Face covering: All staff are required to wear a face coverings while inside the Bazaar. Currently, face covering are optional for merchants and visitors.
- Sanitization: All merchants are required to provide hand sanitizers at their tables or booths. Furthermore, merchants are to provide individual safely guidelines to their shoppers. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
2. Cleaning and Disinfecting
We’ve implemented new proceedings for cleaning and sanitizing.
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting: We’re increasing the frequency of cleaning, especially for surfaces such as tables and chairs. Merchants will be required to do the same at their tables and booths.
3. Physical Distancing
Mutually respecting physical distancing goes a long way today in ensuring everyone’s safety and positive experience.
- Shopping – be extra courteous: Every merchant will have their own guidelines of how to interact when at their table or booth. Give fellow shoppers extra space.
- Limited-contact: Only touch items you are considering to purchase. Best is to ask for permission first. It is encouraged, where available, to use cashless payment options.
4. Staff Training and Workplace Safety
Safety starts with our staff and merchants.
- Training: Our staff members are receiving guidance and training on both the new measures and the importance of personal health and hygiene, such as handwashing and staying home when ill. This also includes training on how to remind merchants and visitors to follow the new health and safety measures, including wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing.
- Workplace health and safety: Our staff and merchants have new guidelines and procedures promoting safe cleanliness and physical distancing, as well as face covering and daily temperature checks.
- Health screenings: Our staff and merchants will self-screen for symptoms of illness before coming to the Bazaar, and will stay home if they are not feeling well. At the Bazaar the staff and merchants will be screened by a staff member before entering the premise.
5. Working Together
As each of us shares the responsibility for the health of our community, we are making our new policies public and distributing it to all our staff and merchants, so that they too can do their part.
- Visitor memos: We are proactively sharing information with visitors about what to expect ahead of their visit so that they can plan accordingly. At the entrance of the Bazaar we have added appropriate signage about the new guidelines and processes.
- Following our guidelines: Our staff have been instructed to work with our merchants to ensure the new procedures are followed, and to engage with any visitor(s) explaining the importance of health and safety.
- We are all in this together: When we all act together, we are not only better and stronger, but as we now learned, also safer.
When you are ready to visit the Bazaar and our merchants, we will be excited to welcome you back. Until then, stay well and see you soon!