APRIL 7 2020
Protecting the safety of our employees and animals has always been a priority at Greenacres. Although we are taking every precaution with our staff, with the current news of a tiger at the Bronx Zoo testing positive for Coronavirus, we need to make sure we do everything to protect our animals to the same standard. It is believed that an asymptomatic zoo employee transmitted the infection and it is confirmed that animals can contract the virus from humans.
In order to ensure animal safety, please remember that Greenacres is CLOSED with the exception of essential employees which includes our animal care personnel and garden personnel.
Our property is beautiful and may be tempting to hike or walk your dog, but we ask that you refrain and keep in mind that it is private property and cannot be treated like a public park. During normal times we appreciate having invited visitors, but for now, we must absolutely limit who is on the property.
We appreciate your help and respect in the matter and look forward to having school groups back soon.
For more information about the tiger and how the disease can potentially spread from humans to animals:
MARCH 30 2020
The latest updates from the CDC and the State of Ohio means that Greenacres will be shutting down all non-essential operations until further notice.
All field trips, events and volunteer programs are suspended until at least May 1.
Our Farm Store continues to stay open with limited hours and curbside pickup.
MARCH 16 2020
With recent updates from the CDC and the State of Ohio, Greenacres will be shutting down all non-essential operations until further notice.
All field trips, events and volunteer programs are suspended until early April.
Our Farm Store WILL REMAIN OPEN WITH LIMITED HOURS as it is an essential source of nutrition for many families. Please note the following Farm Store procedures and hours:
- Tuesday – Friday: 12 PM – 5PM
- Saturday: 10 AM – 12PM
- We will limit the amount of customers in the store to 2 shoppers at a time to avoid close contact scenarios.
- Farm Store employees will be implementing even stricter handwashing procedures.
- All high contact surfaces (ie. door knobs, fridge handles, etc.) will be sanitized multiple times throughout the day.
The safety of both our staff and visitors is of the utmost concern for us and we feel this is the best course of action for now. We will review our status on a weekly basis and will let you know as soon as anything changes.
We wish you and your families the best during this time.
MARCH 13 2020
Friends of Greenacres,
As a valued visitor, we appreciate your support for Greenacres whether it’s through attending our field trips, shopping in our farm store, renting our events venue, or helping with our volunteer programs.
With COVID-19 dominating the headlines, we want to update you with the status of our various activities and the steps that we are taking to ensure the safety of our visitors and employees.
We are closely monitoring the CDC’s guidelines, as well as the recommendations from state and local governments. We have provided our employees with specific instructions on how to help prevent the spread of the virus, stressing the importance of proper hand washing, staying at home if they feel sick, and increasing our sanitation procedures. We have not had any of our staff travel to high-risk areas since the virus broke out, but we would ask anyone who thinks they have been potentially exposed to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days.
As a guest, we want to let you know that we are remaining open for business until further notice. That means you can still shop our farm store, attend any field trips your school has booked this year, volunteer as usual, and plan for your event to go on as scheduled. We do ask that you respect the safety of other guests and employees and stay home if you feel unwell or think you may have been exposed to the virus. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the department you have been working with and someone will be happy to offer guidance on how to proceed.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to serving you soon.