The Kraay Family Farm and the Lacombe Corn Maze are expected to open as scheduled on July 17.
Owner Rachel Kraay said she and her team have been developing systems to safely allow guests on to the farm.
“They are suggesting 10 square metres per family group. We took that number and mapped out our whole yard to figure out our limits. We will have limits to enforce if needed, but at this point, we don’t think we will need that, because we have so much outdoor space,” she said.
Kraay said the farm is in the midst of hiring more employees to cover the added precautions required, but many of the suggestions from Alberta Health Services were things they were doing on a regular basis already.
“A lot of that was already in place, but there will be more hand washing stations and cleaning of surfaces,” he said.
Despite being able to open on time, the pandemic has affected the farm’s bottom line, including the loss of spring field trips and the likely cancellation of more visits in the fall.
“We know things will be tighter this year, but we are going into it with a good attitude. People are looking for things to do close to home that are fun, outside, and I think we offer that to people,” she said.
Kraay said the maze has already been cut for the season and will be unveiled in coming weeks.
“It has to do with the situation at hand, but I won’t say what that is yet,” she said.
She added, “We do this because we know it makes people happy and I hope this year will be a continuation of that.”