McCall's Pumpkin Patch Seeks Guidance From State


KOB-TV:

A New Mexico pumpkin patch and corn maze is hoping to reopen with additional safety precautions starting Sept. 26. 

However, the owners said they don’t know what rules the state wants them to follow.

"Unfortunately, I think in this agro-tourism we fall into a very gray area or an area that's not per se this industry or that industry,” said Kevin McCall.

Kevin and Kirsten McCall own McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and said 90% of their revenue comes from visitors. 

The family told KOB 4 they submitted a plan earlier this month, hoping to get an OK from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Economic Recovery Council but have not heard back.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office sent the following statement:

My understanding is that the Economic Recovery Council has received a number of proposals specific to this type of business and are in the process of evaluating the safest route for any potential operation of those establishments. While we continue to work towards additional reopenings, public health considerations remain the top priority, and the state must ensure that reopening businesses have the necessary support and guidance to do so safely.

It’s unclear if a pumpkin patch is considered agriculture, a farmer’s market or mass gathering.

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