Greenhouses considered essential businesses

Virus or no virus, spring has arrived in our area, and with it, the opening of more than 20 Amish greenhouses that in normal times attract customers from across Wisconsin and adjoining states.

Hundreds if not thousands of customers flock to Vernon and Monroe counties from now until mid-June. The state considers greenhouses an essential business, but has issued some rules for their management.

Requirements to stay open

• Customers may enter only for the purpose of ordering, pickup, and paying.

• Employees and customers must remain 6 feet apart at all times both when indoors and outdoors.

• Food and drink may not be consumed on the premises, either indoors or outdoors.

• No seating may be provided.

• Any self-serve operations of beverage stations, food stations, etc., are not allowed, and customers are not allowed to self-dispense any unpacked food or beverages. Examples: self-serve ice cream, coffee, donuts, etc.

• Have hand-washing stations and/or hand sanitizers available throughout your establishment.

ª Employees should wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.

• No teaching sessions are allowed, such as make your own planter, how to make ice cream, etc. Any activities that bring customers together in a small area are not allowed.

The rules are in effect until April 24, when they will be canceled or extended.

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