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Waupoos Estates is a winery and farm-to-table restaurant in the County known for its beautiful grounds overlooking the Prince Edward Bay. Waupoos is among the most popular wineries for visitors to the County, a staple of wine tours and trips around the region. But as lockdown restrictions have eased up over the last two months, and the winery and restaurant have resumed operations with new safety measures in place, Waupoos has been besieged by tourists like never before — and many of them have seemed either unwilling or incapable of observing the new procedures. After repeated attempts to remind guests of the right way to behave, they’ve had to give up some of their plans and change the operation on the fly.
In early July, the winery was having problems with their on-site petting zoo: people kept opening gates and leaving pens unlocked, allowing the animals to escape and get lost. “In the case this continues, we will be forced to close the petting zoo to the public,” Waupoos posted to their Facebook page soon after the first incidents. A few weeks later, they had another issue: people were swimming, despite signs urging them not to, and bringing outside food and drink. By the end of the month, unable to stop the swimmers, they gave up and closed their waterside cabana: “We have tried and failed to go about this the easy way, making several posts about swimming and respecting our property, but unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to put a foot down,” they said.