Think Spring: Indoor entertainment centers and amusement parks get NY’s OK to open

Broome County Fairgrounds /

The state announced that indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement in New York may reopen with a 25 percent capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. Outdoor amusement parks may open with a 33 percent capacity limit beginning Friday, April 9.

All facilities must submit reopening plans with COVID safety protocols to their county’s health departments. Face masks and social distancing will be required for all patrons and staff, and visitors will be required to have a health screening with temperature checks prior to entry.

Additionally, day and overnight summer camps in New York State may begin to plan for reopening. The Department of Health will issue specific reopening guidance, including details on timing, in the coming weeks.

In addition to face masks, social distancing and mandatory health screenings, all indoor family and entertainment centers and places of amusement, and outdoor amusement parks, must follow these guidelines:

  • Contact information must be collected from each party to inform contact tracing, if needed;
  • High-touch areas, attractions, and rides must be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day;
  • Attractions must close if they cannot ensure social distancing and be frequently cleaned/disinfected;
  • Sufficient staff must be deployed to enforce compliance with rules, including capacity, social distancing and face coverings;
  • Tickets should be sold in advance, and entry/exit and waiting times should be staggered to avoid congestion;
  • Indoor areas must meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards; and
  • Retail, food services and recreational activities must abide by all State-issued guidance.