(Last updated 10/15/20)
Dear friends of the farm,
There is nothing we want more than to host your weddings and events at the Farm again. For those who have had their wedding planning overshadowed by the pandemic, we are so incredibly sorry. We know this is not what you signed up for, and we hope we can be here for you to safely make your wedding dreams into a reality.
In order to follow the orders from The State of Michigan, MIOSHA and the Washtenaw County Health Department, we have new precautions in place for all weddings taking place through April 29, 2021 (see below). These measures are meant to keep you, your guests, your vendors, and our staff healthy and safe.
PLEASE NOTE: Under the executive order beginning on October 9, 2020, we are allowed to have gatherings of up to 10 for Elopements and up to 30 for Intimate Weddings.
We are tracking the latest news from the Michigan Supreme Court ruling as it pertains to gathering restrictions, however at this time we do not anticipate hosting events of more than 30 guests until April 26, 2021, when we can host outdoor events again. This is due to the size of our indoor spaces and our commitment to the safety of all guests on property, including staff and vendors.
Please note that we cannot predict what will happen in 2021, but as things change, so too may these precautions. We will continue to update this page as new information is received.
We know these may conflict with your wedding vision, and our dedicated team of event producers is here to talk through your options and help you decide on next steps. If you would like to speak to one of our event producers, please email us at [email protected].
We appreciate the support and kind words we have received from our guests and vendors, and we cannot wait to see you at the Farm soon.
Kieron Hales and Tabitha Mason, Managing Partners
Current Event Precautions:
Masks are not required during outdoor ceremonies or while sitting to eat and drink. Guests and vendors, including the wedding couple and officiant, must wear a mask all other times while on property. Event hosts must communicate this requirement to their guests. If a guest comes without a mask, one will be provided. Guests who refuse a mask will not be allowed inside the tent, farmhouse or barn. All Cornman Farms staff will be wearing masks as part of their uniforms and some positions will also be wearing gloves as an additional safety measure.
We’ve got it! Some couples are getting creative with wipes and sanitizer, which you may do, but know that isn’t necessary. We’ll have hand sanitizer throughout all of the property, especially in areas where guests are entering and exiting and on the bar.
Indoor venue capacities have been reduced to allow for proper spacing. With regards to floor plans, in compliance with a standing executive order regarding social distancing, guests who do not live together will be seated at separate tables and we will create a ceremony set up for you based on groups of households. This impacts the capacity of the space and most likely the amount of creativity we will be able to put into a floor plan. If new executive orders are put into place that are more relaxed, we will absolutely follow the new guidelines.
Sadly, indoor dancing is forbidden under the standing executive order. As outdoor dancing is not permitted at Cornman Farms due to sound ordinances, dancing will unfortunately not be available at your event unless a new order is released that allows indoor dancing. If indoor dancing is allowed per a new executive order, dancing in the barn will be permitted in accordance with current gathering capacities. First dances are an exception to this rule.
Clear plexiglass dividers will separate staff and guests at the bar. Self-serve food and beverage stations are no longer allowed, so guests can request coffee, tea, water and non-alcoholic beverages at the bar. Cornman Farms provided appetizers and/or late night snacks will be served from a station with a server behind a divider.
To ensure the safety of our guests and staff members, we continue to rigorously follow and exceed Food Safety Laws to ensure we have a clean and safe environment and kitchen. For example:
- Our staff members strictly follow food handling standards, from hand washing to glove usage.
- We regularly sanitize all staff areas.
- We are safety trained and our executive chef is a Servsafe certified food safety manager.
Sanitation & Staff Safety:
We carefully follow guidelines and directives from the CDC and industry experts. We have heightened our protocol on all sanitation efforts, and will have ongoing education with our staff on the preventative measures being continuously updated by the CDC regarding food, food handling and safety. Additional measures during this time of heightened awareness include:
- Every employee takes a COVID-19 risk assessment before beginning work.
- Staff members who are working wear masks and gloves, and work at stations 6 feet apart from one another.
- We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting the property with antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions.