GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES INDOOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS CAN OPEN MARCH 26, OUTDOOR AMUSEMENT PARKS CAN OPEN APRIL 9 AND CAMPS CAN BEGIN SUMMER OPENING PLANS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that indoor family entertainment centers and entertainment venues can open with a 25% capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33% capacity limit starting Friday, April 9. All facilities must submit reopening plans with health protocols to the local health department. Face masks and social distancing will be required for all customers and staff, and customers will be required to undergo a health screening with temperature checks before entry. Additionally, summer day and overnight camps in New York State can begin planning to reopen. The Department of Health will issue specific reopening guidelines, including timing details, in the coming weeks.

“In New York, we base our decisions on science and data and we adapt as the virus adapts,” Governor Cuomo said. “With infection and hospitalization rates continuing to decline, we have been able to take steps to begin our post-COVID recovery and we are excited to now be in a place where we can bring our recreational industries back with protocols for security in place. As we have said many times, our success will be driven by our actions and as long as we stick together and continue to drive this momentum in a positive direction, we can see more and more areas of our economy reopen.”

In addition to face coverings, social distancing and mandatory health screenings, all indoor family and entertainment centers and amusement venues, as well as outdoor amusement parks, must follow the guidelines below:

  • Contact information should be collected from each party to inform contact tracing, if necessary;
  • High touch areas, attractions and rides should be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day;
  • Attractions must close if they cannot provide physical distancing and be frequently cleaned/sanitized;
  • Sufficient staff must be deployed to enforce the rules, including capacity, distancing and face coverings;
  • Tickets should be sold in advance and entry/exit and waiting times should be staggered to avoid traffic jams;
  • Indoor spaces must meet improved standards of filtration, ventilation and air purification; and

Retail, food services, and recreational activities must follow all state-issued guidelines.

Helen D. Jessen