CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced a long-running pumpkin patch in Citrus Heights to stay closed for the first time in nearly a half-decade.
The Pumpkin Farm announced on its website that the patch will be closed this October.READ MORE: Trailblazer Flew Through Glass Ceilings As First Female African American Pilot To Fly U-2 Aircraft
“This difficult decision is due to ongoing uncertainties for our operations around social distance rules as well as school field trips this Fall as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the owners wrote in a statement.
According to the Citrus Heights Sentinel, the pumpkin patch has been in operation each Halloween season since 1974.READ MORE: Pressure Behind The Wheel: Sacramento Mover Drove Historic Victorian Mansion Through San Francisco
About 10,000 people visit the pumpkin patch each year, the owners say.
Other pumpkin patches in the area will still be open, albeit with some modifications due to coronavirus.MORE NEWS: Early COVID Patient Remembers Military Quarantine After Cruise Ship Outbreak
Bobby Dazzler’s pumpkin patch near Woodland plans on opening on Oct. 1 with face masks required. The play area, tables, petting zoo and face painting areas will be closed, however.