PARIS, Ill. – The coronavirus pandemic is forcing changes to a popular summer attraction in the Wabash Valley.
L&A Family Farms on Wednesday announced plans for a modified sunflower maze in order to follow social distancing guidelines.
“We are committed to providing a place for visitors to enjoy the outdoors and make memories while keeping health and safety in mind,” Brian Lau, president and co-owner of L&A Family Farms said. “We’re hoping the changes we make will allow families to continue their traditions despite the pandemic.”
The farm has been working with the Edgar County Public Health Department and continues to monitor the latest guidelines released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
One of the biggest changes the farm is implementing impacts the layout of the sunflower maze. This
year’s maze won’t be a traditional maze design. Instead, it will be a one-way path through the field in order to limit interaction between visitors.
Another change will be the removal of the wagon ride down to the sunflowers from the farm store. All visitors will have to walk to the field this season to maintain the required six-foot distance.
Since new information and guidelines from health officials may be issued in the coming weeks, additional changes on the farm, hours of operation, prices, and further details will be released closer to opening date, which is currently projected around the end of July or early August.