The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to affect businesses and events locally and around the world. At the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens we are monitoring the situation constantly and making decisions and adjustments as required and/or recommended. The health and safety of visitors and staff is of the utmost importance.
The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens is a place of beauty, and we all need that more than ever in this trying time. As well, the Gardens is an important part of the social life of our community and, as an outdoor facility, we can continue to be a gathering spot as long as people use common sense and follow the recommended protocols.
At this stage, the Gardens site itself remains open in its usual off-season operational mode, which means “open by donation” and “visit at your own risk” as the grounds are not maintained in the off-season. Because the Gardens is an open-air attraction, it remains a relatively safe place to wander, enjoy nature and even to socialize provided everyone continues to respect the widely recommended health protocols.
Gardens staff are initiating a much higher level of disinfecting in indoor public areas, with frequent wipes of high touch surfaces such as faucets, light switches, doorknobs etc. The office remains open (Monday through Saturday), and we have designated the office washroom as a public washroom and a handwashing station.
We are asking that people observe the same protocols which are generally in place in the wider community. If you have travelled outside the country in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, please stay home. If you have a fever, cough, sneezing or are feeling unwell, please stay home. And please follow the recommendations for handwashing, and for social distancing when interacting, even in the open air.
The Saturday Winter Market at the Gardens remains open, with some extra safety protocols in place to limit the risks of transmission or infection. This is in keeping with recommendations made by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia association. For more details on the Winter Market, head over to https://annapolisroyalwinterfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/.
The health and safety of the public and staff is a primary concern. We look forward to getting back to business as usual but, for the time being, safety precautions are necessary. Extra precautions will be put in place as needed and we will advise of any changes in our operational plans in the days and weeks ahead.