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What’s open and what’s not throughout New York State

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As attractions throughout the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas start to open up, we are excited to start getting back to some kind of normal. Especially since we’ve been cooped up, behind doors and masks for what seems like forever. The I Love NY website has been keeping regular tabs on what’s not open yet, what is open, and how to enjoy them safely.

As of early June, here is what’s been announced:
  • Hotels, marinas, and outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as parks, drive-in theaters, tennis, golf, and rental of non-motorized watercraft are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place.

  • Bars and restaurants are open for takeout only. With phase 2, outdoor dining will be in session.

  • New York State has temporarily waived all park entrance fees.

  • Campgrounds and RV parks opening Statewide.

  • Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in parts of New York for regions deemed to be in phase two of reopening starting June 4th. For guidance on which parts of the state are open, visit forward.ny.gov.

  • Public and private beaches are open with certain restrictions.

  • Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.

  • Horse racing tracks statewide and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of June 1st.

  • Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.

  • Coronavirus is still spreading in New York, therefore, all New Yorkers are required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet distance in public. 
As New York State moves through its phased reopening of businesses by industry and region, please check with venues and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans. For more information on the New York Forward business reopening plan, visit forward.ny.gov

Travelers are encouraged to visit the New York State Department of Health website. 

You can sign up for Governor Cuomo’s Covid-related updates here.



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