COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The village of Cooperstown started Masks on Main in early July, a policy advising people to wear masks on Main and Pioneer streets.
Businesses in the area were also allowed to set up tables and displays on sidewalks to facilitate proper social distancing.
Even with these changes, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh says it can still be difficult to social distance with limited sidewalk space, so she encourages everyone to wear masks at all times.
"I think people can get lax if they think we’re doing well -- and we are doing well. We are seeing an increase in visitation to our museums to our tourist attractions that I’ve been able to open on a limited basis,” said Tillapaugh. “We want to ensure that everyone coming to our community recognizes the importance of abiding by the mask and social distancing regulations.”
A police officer will patrol the area to enforce Masks on Main, and people are asked to report violations by calling 607-547-2500 and selecting option two.
The information kiosks in the vicinity will also have hand sanitizer and masks available.