SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Evans Orchard in Georgetown kicked off their fall season smoothly despite coronavirus restrictions.
Evans Orchard Co-owner Jenny Evans said the fall is their "most important" time of year as the orchard brings 80% of their business during six weeks.
When the coronavirus changed their capacity limits, Evans said her team got to work figuring out how the season could carry on as usual as possible.
"It's definitely been a difficult year things changing daily rules changing daily, so we're just trying to adapt as quickly and best as possible to keep everyone safe, keep our customers safe, keep our family safe, and all of our employees safe," she explained. "We require a mask inside the store and on the hayrides when you can't socially distance. And we have hand sanitizer at every spot you look, and we encourage social distancing, but we've learned that a lot of--90% of what we do is outside and in the sun and fresh air, so we think that we're able to offer most of what we do safely."
For families planning on visiting the 'play area,' Evans said they had implemented online ticket sales that can be purchased ahead of a family's visit.
Evans said she realizes some of the changes they needed to make can cause some wait time. She hopes all visitors will give them "your patience, and we appreciate everyone's support, and we are trying to accommodate as many people as we can safely. So there are going to be some lines, and there's going to be some new rules and if people can just, you know, help us. It's what we need to do to be able to be open and to be safe, and we're just trying our best so people can still come out and have this experience."
The orchard offers pumpkins for picking in the patch and apples for purchase in the store during the fall 2020 season.