Open air, clean space, surrounded by nature —
(Updated: 12 Aug, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.) When you visit our winery as a guest to purchase a bottle of wine, enjoy a glass of sparkling, or learn about our winery during a tasting with our experienced team, we want you to feel safe and have confidence that Benjamin Bridge is going above and beyond to keep our community safe. In the spirit of total transparency, we have laid out below some of the measures we started in early March to ensure our team stays safe and healthy, while we continue to fulfill essential business. Every operation here is undertaken with the utmost caution and planning during this uncertain time.
We look forward to welcoming you as a guest to our newly renovated winery this season. We want your experience at Benjamin Bridge to be safe, enjoyable, and relaxed. Our winery building and surrounding area is wheelchair accessible and well-signed.
What the Benjamin Bridge team is doing within our operations to keep you, our team, and our community safe:
- We closed our winery to the public on March 13th, conducting only essential business as a minimal team.
- We immediately adapted our health and safety practices to include the most stringent cleaning and sanitization practices, with one designated person each shift to sanitize every surface ensuring there were no gaps in our cleaning procedures.
- Minimal teams of 5 people or less were scheduled to work in person at our warehouse and winery to carry out essential business with physical distancing, staggered shifts, and top priority given to sanitization over efficiency. All other team members began work-from-home programs or moved to vineyard jobs to minimize our exposure.
- We created and continue contactless delivery and pick-up options for our customers, with the same stringent procedures from our warehouse to delivery.
- Our dedicated and passionate BB team committed to strict physical distancing and the same sanitization measures in their personal lives to ensure the health and safety of themselves, our customers, and our workplace.
- We have invested heavily in personal protective equipment such as cloth masks, disposable surgical masks, disposable nitrile gloves, full plastic face shields, hospital grade sanitizer to replace our eco cleaners, locally-produced non-petroleum based alcohol hand sanitizer, custom hand sanitizing stations, outdoor handwashing stations, and more. These are all employed where appropriate to protect our team, our community, and our customers.
Details on the reopening of our hospitality program at Benjamin Bridge:
- We began our reopening in stages in early June to allow our hospitality team to proof and adapt our daily safety procedures.
- Throughout our hospitality programs, we monitor physical distancing and encourage mask use, hand washing and sanitizing, acrylic shields at the checkout, and ultra-high-frequency sanitization of surfaces and spaces.
- We are open Sunday to Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8:00 p.m.
- Our wine shop – you can safely visit the winery to purchase bottles and cans of wine, glasses, apparel, and other merchandise.
- Our tastings – by appointment only, seven days a week with limited availability. These can be booked over the phone, or on our website. We have special safety procedures for this part of our program and limit the number of guests, always adapting to the NSHA requirements and recommendations.
- Our open-air terrace – where you can enjoy our wines and sparklings by-the-glass is now open, seven days a week on fair weather days. Physical distancing and sanitization after each guest departs is strictly followed, so we have reduced to 50% occupancy to accommodate. Service times may be slower to allow for the appropriate procedures to be followed, but in anticipation we have hired extra team members this season.
In the spirit of working together, we ask our highly cherished guests to the winery to follow these guidelines:
- We strongly encourage our guests to wear a mask when moving through our spaces, until settled in, after which time you can remove for your comfort. Our team will be wearing masks or shields during service. As per NSHA requirements, masks are mandatory in our indoor spaces. While encourage our guests to bring their own, we will provide a complimentary disposable non-medical mask upon arrival if needed.
- We ask that guests provide one name and phone number from each group visiting the winery to be used for contact tracing purposes, if ever necessary. Guests will be asked to present gov’t issued ID to prove residence within the Atlantic “bubble”, or documentation of 14-day self-isolation if from elsewhere.
- Seating for by-the-glass service and tasting appointments will be mostly outdoors where you can enjoy the beautiful Gaspereau Valley vista. We ask that you plan accordingly and will do our very best to ensure your comfort. We will have limited space indoors on foul weather days, but not guaranteed.
- We ask that you stick to your seating, and follow our signed procedures when entering, exiting, using the washrooms, and strolling in the vineyard.
- Tastings are available by appointment to ensure safety for both our guests and our team. We ask that anyone booking a group tasting please ensure you are followingthe requirements and recommendations of the NSHA.