NY opens amusement parks, summer time camps within the coming months

ALBANY, NY – New York will open amusement parks in early April and will open overnight camps this summer as long as they submit plans to reopen to the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that arcades and other indoor family entertainment centers can open at 25% capacity from March 26th. Outdoor amusement parks can open at a third of their normal capacity by April 9, while day and overnight camps can start planning a reopening this summer.

New York is seeing a decline in infections nationwide – albeit slower than the nation. The state has the second highest rate of new COVID-19 infections per capita in the country. 55,000 new infections have been recorded in the past seven days. That is 7% less than in the last seven days.

New York also has the highest rate of COVID-19 patients per capita in the country, averaging seven days. State hospitals recorded about 6,600 COVID-19 patients on Monday, a 16% decrease from the previous Monday.

But the governor said the statewide declines are enough to allow New York to bring the leisure industry back.

“With the continued decline in infection and hospitalization rates, we have been able to take steps to begin recovery from COVID and we are excited to be in a place now to bring our recreational industries back with safety protocols.” Cuomo said in a statement.

So far, the rules for amusement parks include masks that are required for rides.

Indoor family entertainment centers and outdoor amusement parks must require face coverings, collect contact information from guests, clean and disinfect certain attractions, and provide enough staff to ensure compliance with COVID-19 rules. Indoor areas must meet air filtration, ventilation, and cleaning standards, and tickets should be sold in advance.

The state said it would release more details in the coming weeks.

Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press

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