Melbourne Market Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

The MMA is continually monitoring the latest advice from Government Departments about COVID-19, and we are taking a proactive approach and putting plans in place to help ensure everyone’s health and safety.

If you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home and seek medical advice.

Do not attend the Market for work, or to purchase produce, if you are feeling unwell in any way


This includes both the fruit and vegetable market and the flower market.

The Melbourne Market is an essential service and is vital in the supply chain of food. Along with the health and safety of Market users, our priority is to remain open to deliver fresh produce to Victorians.

Changes to Market operations

  • If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, stay home, do not come to the market. Get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Current COVID-19 Testing System

  • People who test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will now be considered a positive case and be subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test. You must isolate for seven days and notify your contacts.
  • If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are a positive case. You must report your positive rapid antigen test result as soon as you can via this link:

COVID-19 Conditions of entry notice

To assist in containing the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to Market users, the MMA requires market users to comply with modified conditions of entry to the Market. Click here to view updated conditions of entry.

Penalties for non-compliance

If Covid restrictions are in place, to help ensure the safety and business continuity of the Melbourne Market, the MMA can impose penalties for those deliberately not following social distancing rules, or for those not wearing face masks.
Under Operating Rule 12(b), A Person on Market Land must comply with the OH&S Plan and all relevant OH&S Requirements at all times; therefore any person found deliberately breaking social distancing rules, or, not wearing a face mask will be subject the following penalties:

1st offence – Warning that is recorded in a Market user’s file
2nd offence – 24-hour suspension from the Market*
3rd offence – 14 day suspension from the Market*
*Any suspension is effective from the next business day

Market Relations Officers will also issue penalties ‘after the fact’ for non-compliance with social distancing rules as part of their current review of CCTV footage.

To support the enforcement of these rules, you can read the Melbourne Market Social Distancing and Face Mask Policy.


If you have any further questions, you can call the 24-hour security number, 0408 334 555.

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

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