Davison Orchards pumpkin patch closed by Interior Health

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The Okanagan’s most popular pumpkin patch has been ordered to close by Interior Health.

On Wednesday, Davison Orchards confirmed that his pumpkin patch and pumpkin trailer ride will be closed for the remainder of the season.

“The pumpkin patch is now closed for the rest of the season. We still have thousands of pumpkins available for sale in the market, ”the farm announced via Facebook.

“Interior Health has informed us that they are classifying U-Pick Pumpkin Fields as an event. Therefore, we cannot open our fields. Thank you for your understanding. “

We are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and our Farmhouse Cafe until 4 p.m. The pumpkin is now closed for the rest of the season …

Posted by Davison Orchards on Wednesday October 21, 2020

Although Interior Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the BC Center for Disease Control website says public gatherings, including seasonal fairs, cannot number more than 50 people.

The health authority’s decision prompted more than 250 comments on Davison Orchards’ Facebook page, with the vast majority upset and confused with the news.

“Packing hundreds of people into Costco (big business) = no problem! Outdoor pumpkin (small local business) = too risky. What a bull ****, ”wrote Cindy Lou-Who.

“Literally anyone who complains can just go and buy a pumpkin from Davison,” commented Allison Bea.

“Of course your kids don’t have the experience this year, but you can still donate your money to this business, take photos on the property and have a good time. So do it. ”

Kelowna’s most popular pumpkin farm, McMillian Farms, is asking customers to purchase tickets online before visiting the farm, as well as implementing a mandatory mask policy for its hayride.

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