Seven Cedars Farm approved for socially distant haunts

Seven Cedars Farm approved for socially distant haunts

SMITHFIELD – Halloween is not canceled at Seven Cedars Farm this year, and the Emin family farm will carry on its traditional Haunted Hayrides for 16 nights starting Sept. 26.

The Town Council, at its Sept. 1 meeting, applauded owners of Seven Cedars Farm, 20 John Mowry Road, for their work to create a socially distant and safe outdoor event for the community, unanimously approving its license.

“COVID control is a community effort,” said Councilor Sean Kilduff when approving the license.

Marina Emin, of Seven Cedars Farm, who is running for Smithfield Town Council, said the farm will follow the same procedures as most restaurants. She said that includes taking guest and volunteer temperatures, names and contact information before entry along with those in attendance passing symptom checklists.

Large groups of six or more people will be required to call ahead and make a reservation for a hayride. The hayride will operate at 50 percent capacity and no more than 250 people will be allowed on site at one time per state outdoor gathering guidelines, she said.

There will be fewer hayride trailers, with seven trailers this year, Emin said.

“We’re going above and beyond what restaurants are doing to keep customers safe,” she told the council.

People are asked to wear a mask at all times, and to remain socially distant while in line for a ride, she said. Each ride will be disinfected between uses, and hand sanitizer and gloves are available to guests upon request.

Characters along the route will not enter trailers this year, and will stick to a more choreographed “theatrical” routine, remaining at least six feet from trailers.

“We’re going over and above and want people to say, this is how you should do it,” said John Emin. “We’re very concerned about the welfare of the participants as well as ourselves.”

Town Manager Randy Rossi said Seven Cedars did a great job working with the town to make the event happen.

Fire Marshal John O’Rourke said the farm completed the Reopening Rhode Island form outlining the Rhode Island Department of Health’s requirements and procedures for businesses. O’Rourke said the farm meets most requirements, and owners have worked with the town to satisfy concerns.

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