Caribbean Gardens and Market remains open on Wednesday and Sundays for business as usual, in line with Government advice and health authority measures and introduces rent relief packages for traders.
The market is a hub of activity and livelihood for hundreds of traders and small businesses and has been strongly hit with the impact of the Coronavirus. A significant drop in visitors and customers has already been experienced despite being deemed essential business by the Government.
Caribbean Gardens and Market aims to minimise the impact on small businesses and provide support to over 500 traders during this time by introducing a support package. The support package of 50% rent relief will be provided to all stallholders including permanent, casual and shops. These revised fees will be regularly reviewed.
Caribbean Gardens Management said, “It is important that we support our traders who are often small family businesses to continue to operate during these difficult times. To help our stall holders maximise their proﬁts we have introduced the rent relief package effective immediately and we will continue to work with all appropriate parties to ensure we following the advice of authorities and communicating with our stall holders and customers.”
“Caribbean Gardens and Market has been a favourite venue for families, visitors and stallholders for over 50 years and hope to continue to provide enjoyment and opportunity to families and small businesses for many years to come.”
In additional to the new rent relief package Caribbean Garden and Market has continued to adapted to the advice from the Government and Health continue with the following measures:
- Posters have been placed around common areas with instruction on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). This is in English and basic Chinese
- Encourage social distancing https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-your-distance.pdf
- Announcements over the PA to encourage customers and traders to follow the health authority advice.
- Cleaning has been increased in common areas
- Cashless transactions encouraged
- Focus on marketing efforts to promote the opening hours, stall holders and products
- Postponing the Easter event
Caribbean Gardens and Market will work with government to help support the 500+ independent small businesses and will remain open on Wednesdays 8:30am-3pm and Sundays 8:30am-4:30pm until otherwise advised.