Taves Family Farms Covid-19 Protocol

Updated: September 18, 2021

In keeping with government rules regarding Covid-19 restrictions, Taves Family Farms has modified our offerings and implemented a number of new policies and procedures to keep both our guests and staff safe during this pandemic. At this point, the Applebarn Country Store and ALL of its public fun areas including the corn maze, jumping pillow and petting barn are open with some modifications. Please do not come to the farm if you are experiencing Covid symptoms or have been in contact with someone who may have Covid. Credits will be issued for all guests as needed who can not attend on the day they have booked tickets. You must contact us BEFORE arriving at the farm and scanning in your tickets to receive credit.

All staff must complete a questionnaire before each shift, ensuring they are free from Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus. Staff will wear masks in all situations where social distancing can not be maintained and/or they are working in an indoor space. Staff are also required to wash their hands, for a minimum of 20 seconds as well as sanitize their hands frequently.

The farm area available to guests encompasses approximately 17 acres of land and while there is ample room for guests to freely roam and avoid close contact with others.  In our indoor spaces we have implemented one way traffic flow and placed hand sanitizer stations at the doorways.  We are also asking all guests to wear masks in the following indoor spaces as per the public health orders:

Petting Barn:
In the petting barn and goat pen everyone must maintain social distancing with the given floor markers. At this time, the bunny petting pens will not be available, however goat petting pens will still be accessible. A mask must be worn inside the barn and if it gets crowded it is recommended to wear a mask in the outdoor petting pens.

Country Store:
The Country Store will have exclusive shopping hours daily from 9am – 10am before the farm attractions are available to the public. In addition, the store will remain open from 10am – 6pm daily.  The number of guests allowed in the store will be reduced if it becomes too crowded and a one way traffic flow is encouraged.  We ask that only one to two family members per household enter the store on busier days. Wagons are not permitted in the store.  Sanitizer is available at the entrance to the store and guests are to wear a mask. 

The washroom area will be cleaned and sanitized regularly as needed.  Please wear a mask while inside the washroom and respect each other’s personal space.

Other areas and Activities:

On the hayride, we have reduced our capacity.   At this point, masks are optional as it is an outdoor activity.  Line-ups will be in place with social distancing markers.

All guests will be required to use our bags for picking apples and must not snack on apples in the orchard in order to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Also, keep in mind that whatever you pick you must pay for at the U-pick stand or store.  Those displaying Covid-19 symptoms will not be allowed in the orchard. Guests are encouraged to wash all fruit before consuming it.  Please respect others and give them adequate space to pick fruit in their own family/friend groups.

Cidery Picnic area:
The tables in the picnic areas will be spaced for social distancing and only 6 people per table are allowed to sit together.  The tables will be wiped down by staff after guest use.   Guests are encouraged to clean up after themselves. A sanitization spray will be available to guests if they wish to self-clean their areas as well if they wish.  A handwash sink with soap and paper towel is also available in the picnic area.

Food Service:
Staff in food service areas are required to frequently wash their hands and wear masks while preparing foods and serving guests. Communal space is sanitized regularly.

Corn Maze:
Guests in the corn maze will be encouraged to maintain social distancing.  There are specific entrance and exit gates to help facilitate one way traffic flow.   Guest entry is staggered to help keep capacity limits down.

Pumpkin Path:
This area will remain locked by staff, allowing guests in and out every few minutes to allow for social distancing. 

Jumping Pillow:
This area will be monitored for capacity and guests are asked to use sanitizer on the way in and out.  Masks are optional at this point as it is an outdoor activity.

Pedal Karts:
Sanitizer is available for guests to use for their hands before entering the pedal karts area and after riding pedal karts. 

Slides and Tractor Trail:
Sanitization is available for your hands when using the tractor trikes.

Pony Rides:
Pony rides will be available on weekends and holidays as posted on our website. Staff will wear masks and enforce social distancing in line ups. Pony saddles and helmets will be sanitized as needed.

Specific Covid Rules:

Vaccine Cards:
According to the provincial health rulings, we are NOT required to ask customers or staff for vaccine records as the areas we are operating are mainly outdoors and are essential services such as our Country Grocery Store and our Liquor Establishment (Taves Estate Cidery).

Please do not come to the farm if you are experiencing covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who may have contracted this illness. Credits will be issued for all guests as needed who can not attend on the day they have booked tickets. You must contact us before arriving at the farm and scanning your tickets to receive a credit.