NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Roba Family Farms opening day is September 18, and Eyewitness News spoke with owner and manager Jeff Roba about how they are implementing new procedures for guests due to the pandemic.
“We’re going to be limiting attendance, everybody is going to be wearing masks, guests and staff included. Attendance wise, we are going to be selling timed-tickets to limit the number of people that are on site at one time,” said Jeff Roba, Owner.
And these are just some of the precautions Roba Family Farms is taking this year to remain in business amid COVID-19.
Jeff Roba, owner of the facility, told Eyewitness News that extra hand-washing and sanitizing stations will be in place, while staff at Roba will be health screened daily for temperature checks.
“As far as guests go, we’re just asking them to use their discretion. If they’re not feeling well or have a temperature, please stay home until you are sure you don’t have COVID,” said Roba.
Roba says they will staff an additional three to six employees on weekends to attend highly touched surfaces, and to operate at 50% capacity, Roba will be using a timed-ticket entry system.
“If you want to arrive between four and five P.M., you’ll buy that ticket and you have that one hour to show up. Once you are here, you can stay as long as you like,” said Roba.
Unlike other years here at Roba Family Farm, you were able to pay with cash. But this year with COVID-19, as you come to purchase your tickets, you will not be able to pay cash, as they are switching to a cashless system.
As for the attractions, Roba says while many will still remain open, some will be closed this season.
“There are some we’re going to have to chose for this year. We haven’t found a good way to do our candy cannon, so we’re thinking that’s probably going to be one that’s shut down for this season. As far as the petting zoo goes, that’s had pretty stringent wash you hand rules from the beginning,” said Roba.
Roba mentions they are currently constructing a new kitchen called “Jake’s Grillhouse,” which will be ready for 2021.