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Golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches open in Niagara County

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 13:13:27-04

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches are now open in Niagara County.

On Monday, John Syracuse, Vice Chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, announced that golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches in Niagara County are open, "in full accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders as well as guidance from the Niagara County Department of Health."

“Over these last several weeks, there has been evolving positions from New York State, different actions taken in neighboring counties and a general sense of confusion over what is allowed and what is not relating to these recreational activities,” said Syracuse. “We hope this statement today brings clarity to what is allowed in Niagara County.”

According to Syracuse, steps are being taken to help maintain proper social distancing and it is expected that participants will adhere to all appropriate guidelines.

For example, at the Niagara County Golf Course:
· Tee times are available by appointment only. Call 716-439-7954 to set up a tee time.
· Fewer tee times are allowed per hour.
· Golf carts are not available at this time.
· Pro Shop remains closed.
· The greens’ cups have been partially blocked to reduce the need to retrieve the ball from the hole. Flags should not be touched.
· Ball washers and other common surfaces have been covered and are not available for use.

“We have sought guidance from the Niagara County Department of Health and we are confident we are striking the right balance between the need to continue to be vigilant in our COVID-19 fight and the desire for some measure of opening things up,” said Syracuse. “If we find a disregard for social distancing protocols in these venues, we will adapt our policy accordingly.”