COVID-19 violations found at The Great Pumpkin Farm


CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Department of Health says it has received complaints about COVID-19 violations at The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.

According to the department, the popular fall destination was inspected by health sanitarians on October 3.

Health officials say too many people were found to be on the hayride at a time, and there was no social distancing in the 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.

The Great Pumpkin Farm was not fined. On Monday morning, they provided News 4 with a response to the violations.

“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.”

The Great Pumpkin Farm

(The video above was taken outside The Great Pumpkin Farm on Sunday.)

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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