NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Maid of the Mist announced it will launch for its 135th consecutive season on June 26.
The vessels, powered by steam and diesel engines, will bring passengers to the base of Niagara Falls. Later this year two all-new electric emission-free vessels are expected to be placed into service.
When the season begins June 26, tours will operate at 50 percent capacity and operating hours will be reduced to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with departures every 30 minutes.
“In order to provide safety for our associates and guests, all tours will operate at 50% capacity,” said Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “Our team developed a Maid of the Mist Density Reduction Plan, which is extensive in its approach to safety. The plan was submitted to and approved by the state.”
The plan also includes:
- All visitors will be required to wear a face covering as a condition of admission.
- Only one party at a time will be permitted to approach each of the ticket booths. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors as they arrive.
- Countertops and credit card keypads will be sanitized after each transaction.
- Elevators to and from the Observation Deck to the landing will operate at 50% capacity, limited to nine individuals at a time
- All hand railings and visitor touch points will be sanitized on a regular basis.
- Orderly queuing will be required to include guests being six feet apart unless they are with household members.
- Guests will be reminded about social distancing when they board the vessel.
- Distance markers will be placed throughout the facility.
Employees will be provided with PPE and receive a health screening before each shift.
Tickets can be purchased online here.