NY to open amusement parks, summer camps in coming months

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As COVID-19 positive case numbers continue to fall across the state, the state is making way for some business sectors to reopen given the continued numbers trend remains intact.

Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement can open with a 25% capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. 

Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33% capacity limit beginning Friday, April 9.

“With continued decreases in the infection and hospitalization rates, we have been able to take steps toward beginning our post-COVID recovery and we are excited to now be in a place where we can bring back our recreational industries with safety protocols in place,” Cuomo said in a statement.

However, in order to accomplish this, all facilities must submit reopening plans with health protocols to the local health department.

The governor also added that day and overnight summer camps could begin to plan for reopening, noting that camps typically kick off in June.

He said that for all the openings, guidance from the state Department of Health would be forthcoming.

A separate Wednesday statement from his office detailed that in addition to face coverings, social distancing and mandatory health screenings, all indoor family and entertainment centers and places of amusement, and outdoor amusement parks, must follow additional guidelines that include: Contact information being collected from each party to inform contact tracing, if needed; high-touch areas, attractions, and rides must be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day; tickets are to be sold in advance, and entry/exit and waiting times should be staggered to avoid congestion; indoor areas meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards; retail, food services and recreational activities abide by all state-issued guidance and sufficient staff must be deployed to enforce compliance with rules, including capacity, distancing and face coverings.

It was further noted that, “attractions must close if they cannot ensure distancing and be frequently cleaned/disinfected.”

Vaccine status

Cuomo said that as of Wednesday, efforts to vaccinate all residents and staff at nursing homes statewide has concluded. The only people who are left are those that refused to take the vaccine.

“They have all been addressed,” Cuomo said.

Oneida County numbers

On Feb. 16, Oneida County saw 31 new positive COVID-19 cases, and three new COVID-19-related deaths. There are 841 active positive cases.

There were 54 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 44 at Mohawk Valley Health System and 10 at Rome Health.

To see an updated COVID-19 dashboard for Oneida County, visit: https://bit.ly/3u6PaLS

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