CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced a long-running pumpkin patch in Citrus Heights to stay closed for the first time in nearly a half-decade.

The Pumpkin Farm announced on its website that the patch will be closed this October.

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“This difficult decision is due to ongoing uncertainties for our operations around social distance rules as well as school field trips this Fall as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the owners wrote in a statement.

According to the Citrus Heights Sentinel, the pumpkin patch has been in operation each Halloween season since 1974.

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About 10,000 people visit the pumpkin patch each year, the owners say.

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Other pumpkin patches in the area will still be open, albeit with some modifications due to coronavirus.

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Bobby Dazzler’s pumpkin patch near Woodland plans on opening on Oct. 1 with face masks required. The play area, tables, petting zoo and face painting areas will be closed, however.