In keeping with government rules regarding Covid-19 restrictions, specifically social distancing, occupancy and sanitization protocol, Taves Family Farms has implemented a number of new policies and procedures to keep both our guests and staff safe during this pandemic.
The farm area available to guests encompasses approximately 18.5 acres of land and there is ample room for guests to freely roam and avoid close contact with others. In areas where it is moderately congested, stricter procedures have been implemented.
We are hosting open and hosting our customers with slightly modified offerings. Please see the information below.
For school groups, we are pausing all field trips with the exception of our Kiddie Corn Maze Tours that are best suited for preschool children.
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 covid. Staff will wear masks or face shields in all situations where social distancing can not be maintained. Staff are also required to wash their hands, for a minimum of 20 seconds, and to sanitize their areas frequently. Staff working at the tills and ticket booths will serve guests from behind a plexiglass shield and wear a shield, as needed, when social distancing can not be maintained.
Guests coming to the farm to purchase passes for the farm attractions are required to complete a Covid-19 waiver online before making their purchase. For customers who are just here just to shop, they must read and observe social distancing protocol and mask requirements for each area they are entering, such as the Country Store and washroom.
Signs have been strategically placed throughout the farm encouraging all guests to maintain social distancing. Line-ups for entrance to the farm, the Country Store, the petting barn, and other activities will encourage guests to maintain a distance of 2 metres. which will also be reinforced by floor markers.
Masks must be worn on the hay ride, Taves Estate Cidery, the Country Store, petting barn. You may bring your own or purchase one for $1.00 at our ticket booth and store.
On the hay ride, social distancing will be encouraged but, like an airplane, this may not always be possible. A mask must be worn by all guests ages 4 and up.
In the petting barn and goat pen we will encourage people to maintain social distancing with floor markers and signage. At this time, the bunny petting pens will not be available, however goat petting pens will still be accessible.
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. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed in the store and there will be directional arrows and social distancing markers in place. Guests will be asked to come in with only 2 people per family where possible. Wagons are not permitted in the store. Guests will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering the building. Till counters and point of sale pin pads will be sanitized frequently.
Guests will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering the U-Pick area. 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. Those displaying Covid-19 symptoms will not be allowed in the orchard. Guests are encouraged to wash all fruit before consuming it. Guests will be asked to maintain social distancing as much as possible in the orchard, however given the outdoor nature of the rows, and the distance between the “isles”, no directional arrows will be used. Please respect social distancing rules.
The tables in the picnic areas will be spaced for social distancing and will be wiped down by staff, frequently. Guests are encouraged to clean up. A sanitization spray will be available to guests if they wish to self-clean their areas as well.
The number of stalls available for use will be reduced in keeping with Covid-19 rules and social distancing. The bathroom area will be cleaned and sanitized regularly as needed.
Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch:
Guests in the corn maze will be encouraged to maintain social distancing. The outdoor nature of this attraction makes it safe for guests to roam freely without masks.
The jumping pillow will be available with limited capacity. Guests will be encouraged to maintain social distancing. All guests will be asked to sanitize their hands before and after entering the jumping pillow area. Throughout the day, the pillow will be sanitized regularly. There will be three times a day where guests can rent the entire pillow for their Covid-19 bubble for an additional charge. The pillow will be cleaned and sanitized before and after private group rentals.
Guests will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering the peddle carts area and after riding peddle carts. While riding, guests will be asked to maintain social distancing. Carts will be disinfected by staff on a regular basis and sanitization spray will be available to guests to use as needed.
Pony rides will be available on weekends and holidays as posted on our website. Staff will wear shields or masks and enforce social distancing in line ups. Pony saddles and helmets will be sanitized before and after guest usage. Guests will be required to sanitize their hands before riding ponies and to complete a Covid-19 waiver. Masks are not required to be worn.