ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Flea Market plans to reopen this weekend with new health and safety guidelines in place.
As part of the new guidelines, dealers will be located outside and under sheds, according to a post on the flea market's website, kanecountyfleamarket.com. Indoor buildings will not be open.
In addition, customers, dealers and employees will have to wear masks at all times and follow social distancing guidelines. Customers are being asked to limit the amount of items they physically touch and only touch or hold items they are interested in.
The market will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
The Kane County Flea Market, which is held at the Kane County Fairgrounds, had been planning to reopen at the beginning of August, but then received an order from Illinois Department of Public Health that it couldn't reopen in order to remain in compliance with the state of Illinois' executive order regarding COVID-19. Since then, the market has come up with new health and safety guidelines.
Flea markets are allowed to operate as part of updated Restore Illinois phase four guidelines. Those guidelines state that venue capacity for both indoor and outdoor flea markets should not exceed 25%, or 15 people per 1,000 square feet, and that booths/exhibits should be spaced the lesser of every third spot, or 30 feet apart.
The guidelines also state face coverings should always be worn, whether indoor or outdoor, and that flea market employees should monitor the venue to ensure customers are social distancing and wearing face coverings.
The Kane County Flea Market is usually held on the first weekend of each month, March through December. Following its last show the weekend of Feb. 29-March 1, the flea market was forced to shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helen Robinson started the Kane County Flea Market in 1967. She passed away in 2000.