ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Flea Market will not be able to reopen this weekend.
"We have recently received an order from the Illinois Department of Public Health to close our August Flea Market so that we continue to remain in compliance with the state of Illinois' executive order regarding COVID-19," states a post on the flea market's website.
The flea market, which is held at the Kane County Fairgrounds, was planning to reopen Saturday and Sunday after a four-month absence. 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.
“The Restore Illinois framework has not yet designated guidance for flea markets to reopen, based on direction provided by public health officials," Lauren Huffman, deputy director of media relations and communications for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, said in a statement. "We continue to engage closely with businesses across all industries to provide guidance and to ensure a safe and gradual reopening of our state based on the latest public health advice."
Kane County Flea Market officials had been planning to follow several health and safety guidelines for the reopening of the flea market, including requiring customers, dealers and employees to wear masks at all times and follow social distancing guidelines. Sanitizing stations were to be located throughout the flea market and customers would have been asked to limit the amount of items they physically touch.
"We're in compliance with the Kane County Health Department and we're going to try to follow all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines," Chris Robinson, whose family operates the Kane County Flea Market, had said in talking about the reopening plans. "We're going to try to be as cautious as we can."
Robinson's grandmother, Helen Robinson, started the Kane County Flea Market in 1967. She passed away in 2000.