Big news for fall lovers on Tuesday, September 1st, as we now eye the start of the autumn season.

According to New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo, fall activities, such as apple-picking, corn mazes, hayrides, and haunted houses are considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment, therefore, will be allowed to open and operate this fall season.

People can also visit farmers' markets and craft beverage trails under the New York State forward guidance.

"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," said Governor Cuomo.

While these recreational places are allowed to open and operate, as you can imagine, there will be new features and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is from the New York State website.

Corn Mazes:

  • Reduces capacity inside mazes.
  • Face masks required.
  • Social distancing enforced.


  • Face masks required.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Social distancing enforced.

Apple-picking and Pick-your-own fruit/vegetables:

  • Social distancing enforced.
  • Face masks required.
  • Reduced capacity inside the business.

Haunted Houses:

  • Reduced capacity.
  • Face masks required at all times.
  • Social distancing enforced.

To read the full guidelines, visit New York State's website.

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