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Cuomo releases new guidelines for fall activities

WHECTV
Updated: September 01, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: September 01, 2020 12:35 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some of your favorite fall activities have been given the green light to reopen, with a few limitations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released new guidelines for agritourism activities Tuesday.

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The guidelines are for low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment activities including corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses.

New Yorkers can also visit the state's farmers' markets and craft beverage trails, which have remained open under State guidance.

"New York State's amazing outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities are a boon for families and communities during the fall season each year, and we want New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this time with their family responsibly and safely," Governor Cuomo said.

Here's the break down: 

Corn Mazes

• Reduced capacity

• Face coverings required

• Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

Hayrides

• Mandatory face coverings

• Social distance required between individuals/parties

• Frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, cleaned and sanitized between rides

Pick-Your-Own Fruit/Vegetables Operations 

• Reduced capacity

• Face coverings required

• Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

 Haunted Houses

• Reduced capacity

• Face coverings required

• Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

Currently, petting zoos are not permitted.

Suzanne Stokoe, the owner of Stokoe Farms says most of the guidance doesn't surprise her, and they're already taking many of the precautions. 

"Our hayrides, guests have already been wearing masks on that, we've been asking them to do that," she said. "And people really do know how to social distance now and they get it so that has worked very smooth. We're grateful that he's even allowing us to have hayrides although it is looking like he's holding us to a higher standard than even the new york city subway system."

Stokoe also said the one thing that did surprise her is the fact that petting zoos are still not allowed.


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