Cuomo: New York ski resorts can open at 50% capacity

Updated: October 19, 2020 05:39 AM
Created: October 18, 2020 02:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) — Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

The governor said ski resorts can open Nov. 6 during a briefing in which he outlined draft plans for the “massive undertaking” of administering vaccinations for millions of New Yorkers.


Ski resorts can open under a series of restrictions consistent with rules for other entertainment venues. Masks will be required at all times except when eating, drinking or skiing. Gondolas and lifts will be restricted to members of the same party and shared or rented equipment must be disinfected between uses.

“You have to socially distance when you ski,” Cuomo said Sunday at a briefing.

Also, capacity on the mountain must be reduced by 25% during “peak” days or if multiple trails are closed due to unseasonable conditions. Ski lessons will be limited to 10 or fewer people, he said. 

State guidance on the reopening of ski resorts includes: 

  • Masks required at all times, except when eating/drinking or skiing. 
  • Social distancing between parties required at all times. 
  • Restrict gondolas/lifts to members of the same party. 
  • Limit ski lessons to no more than 10 people. 
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared/rented equipment. 
  • Shuttles, food, and beverage, retail service must conform to State-issued guidance. 
  • Reduce outdoor capacity on the mountain by 25% during "peak" days or if multiple trails are closed due to unseasonable conditions. 

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