The Bathurst Lions Farmers' Market is set to make its long awaited return to the Bathurst Showground later this month with a plan for enforcing hygiene and social distancing measures now being finalised.
The market has been on hold since February due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the region now more than 50 days free of any active cases, the event is due to return on Saturday, June 27.
"We're well under way with the planning process, it's now only a matter of getting the stallholders and people here," Farmers' Market chair Paul Haysom said.
"We need to restart it, it's been very hard on the Lions Club as we make money on the gate for the various charities we support, not to mention the many stallholders who generate plenty of business from the market."
Mr Haysom said attendees can expect the usual proceedings, but tweaked to accommodate hygiene and social distancing requirements.
"We're insisting that our stallholders wear masks, and recommend visitors do the same where necessary," he said.
"There will be no food samples on offer, and we'll be asking people to spread out instead of queue for busier attractions, such as the 'big breakfast'.
One of the Lions Club's regular initiatives at the market is the Lions Reading Action Project, where books are collect to donate to disadvantaged children around the region.
"We're always after more books to give away to children for free," Lions Club of Bathurst member Jenny Ellis said.
"We deliver books to hospitals and schools, and any donation helps."