New Jersey officials order drive-thru tulip farm to shut down events amid coronavirus pandemic

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New Jersey state officials on Sunday ordered a 99-acre drive-thru tulip farm to halt events amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dalton Farms, located in Swedesboro, N.J., announced it received the order Sunday evening from an assistant prosecutor from the state of New Jersey.

In a Facebook statement, the farm promised to refund tickets bought for events through Wednesday.

“We’re heartbroken to get this news in the middle of the day and would like to thank all those who came out over the last few weeks,” the statement read.

Earlier this month, Holland Ridge Farm, another family-owned drive-thru tulip farm, also was ordered to shut down special events.

Located in Cream Ridge, the farm has hosted two annual flower festivals attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, according to its Facebook page.

Owner Casey Jansen told NJ.com his family made a $1 million investment last year to prepare for the Monmouth County Tulip Festival.

“We planted all these tulip bulbs in the months of October and November,” Jansen told the outlet. “That’s when we make the investment, and my investment is just about a million dollars.”

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Jansen alleged that he received a letter from state officials threatening arrest by state police if a single car drove through the farm. The order did, however, allow for curbside pickups.

Holland Ridge Farms did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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The state attorney general’s office told Fox News that the officials shut down tour events of both drive-through tulip farms to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, keeping in line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s order last month banning “events of any size.”

The attorney general’s office explained in a statement, “Some businesses can continue to accept online and pick-up only orders in accordance with the provisions set forth in the executive order that allows nurseries, garden centers and farms that sell directly to customers to continue to operate.”