Youth Sports in NY discussed at June CVB Meeting
Youth sports, indoor dining and more return to the Lake George Area! New York has begun lifting restrictions on certain low-risk youth sports as we enter Phase 3 and look onward to Phase 4. At the Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau monthly meeting on June 18th, we heard updates on sports and other events that are set to make a return. The meeting took place via Zoom the day after Warren county — classified as the Capital Region — entered Phase 3 of the NY Forward reopening plan.
During Phase 3, groups of 25 people — an increase from groups of 10 in Phase 2 — are permitted. Personal care businesses were also allowed to reopen. Indoor seating at bars and restaurants is also permitted at 50% capacity.
Certain low-risk youth sports are permitted to reopen starting July 6th, with each child permitted to have 2 spectators attend. Low-risk sports include baseball, softball, gymnastics, cross country, crew, and field hockey.
Warren County is currently on track to begin Phase 4 starting July 1st! We will learn what Phase 4 will look like in the upcoming days.
Thankfully, many events have found a rescheduling date to return in the fall months or 2021. We view any events that dont have to cancel as a win for the region.
Events postponed include:
Prime Time Lacrosse – postponed to Aug. 1-4, 2020 *Update 7/9/20: This event has been cancelled*
Firecracker Baseball – postponed to Aug. 14-16, 2020 *Update 7/30/20: This event has been cancelled*
IREVA (May) moved to May 2021
NYSPHAA Boys Basketball (lost 2020 event, added 1 yr to contract with Cool Insuring Arena through 2023)
Women on Wheels – July 2021 moved to July 2021
Unfortunately, some public events have been canceled for 2020 with many looking to come back in 2021. Stay tuned for some exciting announcemnts about creative ways we are still going to have live music in the area!
Please note the following events have been canceled, though:
All softball events/tournaments at the Adirondack Sportplex & Dome through the end of June – looking to resume in July (per state guideline approvals), all recreation & activities at Queensbury Rec Parks.
Community Band concerts in Shepard Park
Lake George 4th of July Fireworks
ADK Balloon fest
Lake George Jazz Festival
Lake George Summer Jazz Concerts
Fins Up Festival
Bolton Landing Fireworks Cancelled
For more details on what events are still scheduled or canceled in the region, visit the Events Page.
Several steps have been taken recently to bring back sports and other events to the region as soon as possible. In June, the CVB hosted a Zoom call with various sporting venues to discuss post-COVID recovery strategies, USPOC (United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and Aspen Institute-Project Play Guidelines. The CVB had an Interview for the June edition of Destination Sports Management highlighting lacrosse in the LG region as well as a Facebook interview with Sports Planning Guide discussing sports assets in the region.
Health & Safety Pledge
The Lake George Regional CVB also hosted and attended various other events with local and national professionals to learn best practices of reopening and how to get our local venues open as soon and as safely as possible.
The Warren County Lodging Association, Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lake George Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the Warren County Tourism Department and government officials established a commission to develop specific guidelines and best practices for safely reopening four sectors of tourism in Warren County — Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Retail and Entertainment.
The Health & Safety Pledge is a way for our businesses to show their dedication to keeping this area a safe place to live, work, and vacation. Through this program, businesses will be given a badge to show they've taken the pledge. This badge can be displayed on their websites, social media, safety plans, and other marketing materials, as well in their storefront windows.
The Lake George Area and Southern Adirondacks are dedicated to providing the safest environment for locals and visitors alike. When you come with your family, friends, and colleagues, you can rest assured that all appropriate steps have been taken in accordance with local and federal officials.
It is important to state that our guests also play an important role in our health & safety. Please follow any signage and regulations put in place to protect our local communities, employees, and our guests.
To learn more about the Lake George Region / Southern Adirondacks Health & Safety Pledge, or learn how to pledge, click here.
— Written by Parker Hamblin, CVB Marketing/Community Coordinator
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