Dogs will no longer be allowed into the Gisborne Farmers’ Market area from September 1.
The only exception will be guide dogs.
This move follows a trend many farmers’ markets across New Zealand are following for a variety of reasons.
The Gisborne Farmers’ Market committee and management made a statement on their Facebook page about the news.
“For a long time the committee and management have asked for dogs to be kept on a tight leash and one metre away from the stalls.
“However, as the market has become more popular and therefore busier, it is often clear that dogs cause a number of issues around safety with leads (tripping shoppers), and dog ‘disagreements’ occurring most weeks.
“Even with an extended market area, congestion is an issue, especially through spring, summer and autumn, making these problems worse.
“There are also occasional ‘accidents’, which need to be cleaned up and this gets difficult when busy.
“Some also find our vendors’ trees and plants quite tempting for this activity also.”
The committee and management said food safety was a big issue that the Gisborne Farmers’ Market and individual vendors had to take into consideration.
“Dogs aren’t permitted in the supermarket for the same reason. There are railings outside the market which can be used to tie your dog to.
“We know some people will be disappointed with this decision but hope you understand and continue to support the market.”