ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Flea Market plans to reopen this weekend, Sept. 5 and 6.
As part of new health and safety 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 to 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 at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Randall Road in St. Charles. Admission costs $5, and is free for children younger than 12 when accompanied by an adult.
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 30 feet apart.
The guidelines state that face coverings should always be worn, whether indoors or outdoors, and that flea market employees should monitor the venue to ensure customers are social distancing and wearing face coverings.
The Kane County Flea Market, founded by Helen Robinson in 1967, normally is held on the first weekend of each month from March through December, but had been on hiatus since March. It's open the first Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday.