ALBANY, N.Y. – Fall is a time for apple-picking, hayrides and haunted houses – all activities that will go on this year as long as state safety guidelines for outdoor arts and entertainment are followed.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state guidance Tuesday, for outdoor fall festivities that are considered ‘low risk.’
"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," said Cuomo. "The new guidance announced today will ensure that these businesses can open to the public, allowing families to enjoy their favorite fall activities while providing a boost for our farming communities and local economies."
Below are various activities that are permitted, but must operate with reduced capacity, and require people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.
- Corn mazes
- Fruit and vegetable picking
- Haunted houses
Hayrides are also allowed to take place, as long as people wear face coverings, social distancing and operators sanitize surfaces and handrails between rides. All other state guidance for public transportation activities must also be followed.
According to Cuomo, petting zoos are not permitted at this time.