COVID-19 Safety Violations Found at Great Pumpkin Farm
The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence is the subject of COVID-19 safety compliance complaints received by the Erie County Department of Health.
WIVB reports the Great Pumpkin Farm was inspected by the department of health on October 3.
Violations reported by health officials include too many people on the hayride at once, and no social distancing while waiting in lines.
"State guidance for low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment says hayrides can’t allow more than 33 percent of the maximum capacity or occupancy at a time. It also says visitors over two years old must wear a face covering." -WIVB
However, the popular WNY fall destination was not fined, and issued the following statement to WIVB:
“The Erie County Health Dept. was out and they talked to us about the hayrides and keeping at 33% capacity.
Everything else was fine with what we are doing here and going by the guidelines that were given to us by the state, county and health dept.Everyone is required to wear masks at all times indoors and outdoors. We do have security and employees that are monitoring this and making sure they are wearing them. They can take them off only when they are seated and eating or drinking.
As an outdoor event, as long as people are wearing masks they don’t have to stay 6 feet apart.
We have hand sanitizing stations everywhere and at all locations, indoors and outdoors.
Our indoor building is limited to 33% capacity and we have monitors at all the doors making sure we don’t go past the capacity.”