It looks like Ontario's fall traditions won't be the same this year.

Downey's Farm has made the tough decision to close its pumpkin patch for the first time in over 30 years.

The farm stand will remain open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but their famous sprawling pumpkin field will no longer be open to the public, Downey's Farm told Narcity.

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We have made the difficult decision to remove our front lawn Pumpkin Patch for the remainder of this fall season.

Downey's Farm

This decision was made in order to curb the transmission of COVID-19 and encourage social distancing.

Pumpkins are still very much for sale β€” but they are in bins like the other produce. 

"We have worked hard to keep the tradition alive this year as pumpkins have been on the front lawn every fall since 1986," Downey's Farm wrote in a statement.

The farm is hoping that the public will still come by their stand to take as many pumpkins as possible off their hands.

Although, they do ask you to limit the number of people from your household while visiting the stand.


*This article has been updated.

 
 
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