Black Head Bazaar held its monthly winter market day last Sunday, July 4, bathed in sunshine and operating under a strict COVID-Safe plan.
As has become commonplace in these disrupted times, all stallholders and visitors were required to check in using QR codes at stations strategically placed around the site.
Once safely checked in, those enjoying the relaxed atmosphere at Wylie Breckenridge Park were treated to dozens of stalls offering fresh produce, art, jewellery, plants and handicrafts.
Yet, despite a classic Mid North Coast winter's day, attendances were noticeably down.
Even adjusted for the downscaled winter market format, crowds were modest by comparison to the previous month's event.
Mark, a regular stallholder from Port Macquarie who services numerous markets from Nabiac to Kempsey, speculated as to a general reduction in holiday-makers in the region, thereby leading to the drop off in market visitors.
I thought there might've been a few more people being holiday.Black Head Bazaar stallholder
"I thought there might've been a few more people being holidays," Mark said.
"From past experience a lot of Sydneysiders do come here, so that may be a reason it's a quieter today."
Another stallholder, Kylie, echoed this sentiment, estimating attendance being roughly half of the June market.
However, when asked about concerns regarding COVID transmission in the market setting, she was more than confident with the safety guidelines in place.
"Taking all the precautions. As you can see everyone's wearing a mask. I've got hand sanitiser, I've got wipes to wipe the product down after people handle it. Following all the guidelines. I feel safe," Kylie said.
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