Important things to remember for your visit
We hope you have a fabulous visit to a farm on Open Farm Sunday. Please don’t forget to keep clean and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, and at the end of your visit.
Please do not rely on sanitising hand gels or wipes to protect yourself or your children against germs that may be present in animal dirt around the farm. Hand gels cannot remove contamination in the manner that soap and water can.
To reduce the risk of illness, both adults and children should thoroughly wash their hands using soap and water after they have handled animals or touched surfaces at the farm and always before eating or drinking.
Public Health England issued the following guidelines on visits to farms:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating or drinking
Remove and clean boots or shoes that might have become soiled and clean pushchair wheels. Then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
Supervise children closely to ensure that they wash their hands thoroughly
Eat and drink in designated picnic areas or cafes only
Do not put hands on faces or fingers in mouths while petting animals or walking round the farm
Do not allow children to put their faces close to farm animals or kiss the animals
Do not eat or drink while touching animals or walking round the farm. This includes not eating sweets, crisps or chewing gum
Don’t eat anything that has fallen on the floor
Do not use gels or wipes instead of washing hands with soap and water. Gels and wipes do not remove the germs found on farms
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas
Although the risk of becoming unwell is very low in light of the millions of farm visits every year there are occasional outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease which are linked to visits to farms. Please keep clean and safe.
Don’t forget farms are working businesses so please follow instructions from the farmer and his helpers. Keep an eye on your children and help them to keep safe during your visit.