Time for some reminders on making sure you have and follow a safety plan for dealing with COVID at your operation.
There have been reported violations at agritourism operations this fall – comments on Facebook, complaints to Ag and Markets, Department of Health and Department of Ag and Markets inspections, and news stories – so it is a good time to review your plan. And remember that it is not just having a plan and signage but monitoring spaces and activities to make sure people are complying with the rules. Is it fun? No. Is it easy? No. Is it necessary? Yes.
If you have questions, I will try to find the answers. For anyone interested in the webinar that we held a few weeks ago, the video is linked below.
Where to find information:
NYS Guidelines (these you MUST follow):
Low-risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries (select Low-Risk Outdoor … From column on left)
This covers u-pick operations like pumpkins and Christmas trees.
If you have food sales, you must also follow: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Indoor_and_Outdoor_Food_Services_Detailed_Guidelines.pdf
**Remember that people must eat in a specified area. They cannot carry food around and eat it throughout the operation
If you have a retail operation as part of the operation? This one I am not as sure of – but definitely reducing occupancy to 33% of maximum will apply.
Ag and Markets:
Agritourism Frequently Asked Questions – https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/09/agritourismfaq_0.pdf
Letter from Commissioner Richard Ball: https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/10/agritourismletter.pdf
Best Management Practices from Cornell:
Building Resilience series – https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/farm-resilience/
Making a handwashing station: https://blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/2020/06/09/improving-handwashing-stations/
Videos on Agritourism guidelines
Selling Christmas Trees in the Time of COVID: State Guidelines and Best Management Practices (useful for other operations, too)
Transcript is available (click Show Transcript) although I haven’t reviewed it.
Agritourism Best Management Practices