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New York Power Authority announces limited reopening of visitors centers May 3

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Fri, Apr 30th 2021 02:45 pm

Added safety precautions in place; reservations required

The New York Power Authority announced the limited reopening of three of its visitors centers: the Niagara Power Vista in Lewiston, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center and Historic Lansing Manor in Schoharie County, and the Hawkins Point Visitors Center in the North Country.

Beginning Monday, May 3, and in accordance with New York state indoor family entertainment centers guidelines, the NYPA visitors centers in Lewiston, Massena and North Blenheim will be open on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays by reservation only for small guided tours comprised of members of the same family, groups who have sheltered-in-place together, or individuals and groups who are willing to tour with others.

To protect visitors and NYPA employees, the Power Authority has added new safety precautions, including state-of-the-art indoor air filtration systems, visitor health screenings and temperature checks, and between-tour facility cleanings. All visitors must wear masks; tour guides will wear masks as well.

NYPA has added a reservation system that allows for limited, timed, guided tours. For the safety of visitors, all the hands-on exhibits will be demonstrated by tour guides. Further information on health and safety entry requirements are available in the FAQ on the webpage for each visitors center.

The following visitors centers will be open for small tours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; To reserve a tour, call 1-716-286-6661 or schedule online.

Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center and Historic Lansing Manor, 1378 State Route 30, North Blenheim; to reserve a tour, call 1-800-724-0309 or schedule online. (Separate reservations are required for the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center and the Historic Lansing Manor.)

Hawkins Point Visitors Center, 21 Hawkins Point Road, Massena; to reserve a tour, call 1-315-764-6679 or schedule online.

Due to changing conditions in response to COVID-19, up-to-date information regarding the facilities will be available at nypa.gov/VisitorsCenters. All NYPA visitors center events remain canceled until further notice.

The first public opening for the fourth and newest visitors center, the NY Energy Zone in Utica, is expected May 10.

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