The Caloundra Street Fair is due to reopen on Sunday 24 May. The fair, which is a staple for local and travellers alike, brings together a wide variety of makers, creators, entertainers and specialist stallholders from across the region.

The Street Fair has received multiple TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, and the decision to return has been made to support local businesses and traders as they exit COVID-19. “Our Street Fair supports and welcomes traders and makers from across our Sunshine Coast region,” Caloundra Chamber of Commerce CEO Olivia Sainsbury said.

“We are both delighted and relieved to be able to support the beginning of a return of trading to our Fair community and also showcase the retailers along our Bulcock Street precinct. As a community it’s important for us all to support local traders and small business owners – the Sunshine Coast economy and community is dependent on it. The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest rates of self-employment in Australia – with one in five of our workforce owning their own business, compared with the national average of 15 per cent,” says Olivia.

The return to trade will take into account the trading parameters of COVID-19 and emphasise community safety. Social distancing measure will be put into place, as will a number of other safety measures designed to protect vendors and shoppers. Some of these will include toilets with hand washing facilities and bays with hand sanitiser being incorporated as well as staff on hand to manage crowds and Eftpos being made available at stalls.

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