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New York ski resorts allowed to reopen with 50% indoor capacity beginning Nov. 6

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Sun, Oct 18th 2020 03:50 pm

Masks required when not eating, drinking or skiing; lifts restricted to members of same party; thorough cleaning and disinfection of rented equipment and other health & safety protocols required

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced ski resorts can reopen with 50% indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, Nov. 6.

"Scientists have told us the virus is going to become more aggressive in the fall, and right now, we are all feeling COVID-fatigue, but our microcluster strategy is a smart, data-driven and less disruptive strategy to get us through this season. And so far, the data shows the microcluster strategy is working to bring infection rates down in our red zone areas," Cuomo said. "Beginning next month, ski resorts will be allowed to reopen with limited indoor capacity, which will allow New Yorkers to have some outdoor activity this winter without having to quarantine when they come back."

State guidance on the reopening of ski resorts includes the following precautions:

  • Masks required at all times, except when eating/drinking or skiing.
  • Social distancing between parties required at all times.
  • Restrict gondolas/lifts to members of the same party.
  • Limit ski lessons to no more than 10 people.
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared/rented equipment.
  • Shuttles, food and beverage, retail service must conform to state-issued guidance.
  • Reduce outdoor capacity on mountain by 25% during "peak" days or if multiple trails are closed due to unseasonable conditions.

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