In July, we welcomed guests back to Lambs Farm businesses after being closed for nearly four months due to COVID-19. Prior to reopening, a detailed plan with specific guidelines developed by the State of Illinois was put in place to keep everyone healthy as we safely adjusted to our new normal.

Guests and staff are required to wear a mask and social distance at all times, and Lambs Farm businesses are following strict sanitation schedules in addition to mandatory employee wellness checks. Some businesses implemented additional precautionary measures to further minimize exposure at Lambs Farm.

The Farmyard’s new online reservation system allows a limited number of guests to purchase tickets in advance to help staff safely manage crowds. Due to the high demand of adoptable puppies and kittens, The Dogwood Garden & Pet Center also now requires reservations for adoptions to give adopters enough time to meet their potential new family member.

The Magnolia Cafe & Bakery added an online ordering service to give guests the option for curbside pickup, in addition to widely spaced tables for inside dining and outdoor patio seating.

The Cedar Chest Thrift Shop was overflowing with donated items on reopening day. The revised donation guidelines require all items to be dropped off in bags or boxes and to be quarantined for 72 hours before processing.

All businesses were excited to reopen their doors, but it was certainly not the same without the men and women of Lambs Farm. We look forward to seeing their smiling faces back at work when it is safe to do so.

Since they are unable to visit the businesses at this time, we want the Participants to know how much they are missed. Guests and staff are encouraged to write a special sentiment on the banner in front of the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery using a sanitized marker. Once the banner is full of well wishes, it will be shared with the men and women of Lambs Farm.

Life may look a little different for a while, but thanks to our dedicated staff, we can give guests a fun experience at Lambs Farm while keeping everyone healthy.