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State issues guidance on agritourism

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Governor Cuomo issued new state guidance for agritourism businesses like corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses, all of which can operate under the NY Forward plan.

The businesses are considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment. Farmers’ markets and craft beverage trails have remained open with protocols in place.

“New York State’s amazing outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities are a boon for families and communities during the fall season each year, and we want New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this time with their family responsibly and safely,” Governor Cuomo said. “The new guidance announced today will ensure that these businesses can open to the public, allowing families to enjoy their favorite fall activities while providing a boost for our farming communities and local economies.”


Specific guidelines on each industry can be found below:

Corn Mazes – permitted consistent with Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:
  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties
Hayrides – permitted consistent with Public Transportation guidance and the following conditions:
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Social distance required between individuals/parties
  • Frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, cleaned and sanitized between rides
Pick-Your-Own Fruit/Vegetables Operations – permitted consistent with Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:
  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties.
Haunted Houses – permitted consistent with Low Risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:
  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties
Petting zoos are not permitted.

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