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NYS releases guidance on corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses as fall approaches

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 15:58:51-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday guidance for agritourism businesses in the state as fall approaches.

Corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses are permitted to operate. Petting zoos have not been permitted to reopen.

"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."

The businesses that can open are subject to low risk outdoor arts and entertainment guidance as well as public transportation guidance. Petting zoos have not been permitted to reopen.

Corn Mazes - permitted consistent with Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

Hayrides - permitted consistent with Public Transportation guidance and the following conditions:

  • 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 - permitted consistent with Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties.

Haunted Houses - permitted consistent with Low Risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties