Knott’s Cancels ‘Taste of Merry Farm’ Event Due to Stay-at-Home Order

Knott’s Cancels ‘Taste of Merry Farm’ Event Due to Stay-at-Home Order
People visit Disneyland where parts of the park opened for more retail and dining as an extension of the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Drew Van Voorhis

Christmas might not be canceled this year, but it is at Knott’s Berry Farm, which was obliged to scrap its Taste of Merry Farm event.

The Buena Park amusement park planned to host the food and drink tasting event from Dec. 11 to 26, but canceled those dates after a regional stay-at-home order took effect in Southern California Dec. 7.

California theme parks were required to shut down in March under Newsom’s original closing guidelines, although some parks were allowed to partially reopen for dining and shopping. The stay-at-home order requires all restaurants in the region to be takeout and delivery only, and all theme parks to completely shut down.

Taste of Merry Farm was sold out through Dec. 27, and affected ticket holders will be refunded.

The event offers 60 unique food and drink items on a tasting card, which allows guests to visit booths to try different items. It also features holiday shopping at Knott’s stores, and the opportunity to buy items from 23 local artisan crafters.

Taste of Merry Farm, which began Nov. 20, has been canceled on 13 select days, spanning three weeks of the event being open. When restrictions are lifted—which could happen in late December—the event will continue on select days until Jan 3.

Southern California’s stay-at-home order was triggered when available intensive care units in the area fell below 15 percent. The order will remain in place until Dec. 28 if ICU availability increases above 15 percent by then.

Restaurants in Downtown Disney and on Buena Vista Street in Anaheim that don’t offer takeout or delivery also closed again, just weeks after Buena Vista Street was allowed to reopen with a limited capacity on Nov. 19. Downtown Disney was allowed to reopen with restrictions in July.

Retail locations in Downtown Disney and on Buena Vista Street remain open, but can only allow 20 percent capacity in the stores under the stay-at-home order.

Restaurants in Downtown Disney that are still open include Ballast Point Brewing, Black Tap Burgers and Shakes, Earl of Sandwich, Jamba, and others.

Disneyland hotels will continue to remain closed, with no suggested future opening date.

For the select restaurants and shops that are open in Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street, hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for six years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.
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