Frequently Asked Questions in the Lake George Region
The Capital Region was cleared to begin Phase Four of the New York Forward Reopening Plan on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Warren and Washington counties are in the Capital Region while Essex County is in the North Country, which is a few days ahead in the phased reopening.
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It is crucial we continue the hard work we’ve done to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — and ensure we do everything we can to prevent another wave of this disease.
What should I expect when I visit the Lake George region?
This summer and fall have been very busy. There are several lodging options that have their own private beaches and pools. Now that we are past Labor Day, the public beaches are closed because they do not have lifeguards. Click here for an outdoor recreation map that has a list of places where you may be able to access water.
If you want to rent a boat, make sure you make your reservations as soon as you can. In addition many boat rental facilities are operating on a first come, first served, basis. You may need to arrive early and wait in line. If you want to take a cruise or a private boat tour, make sure you make your reservations ahead of time. Please note that some attractions require advance reservations. Plan your trip prior to arrival and make as many advance reservations as you can at attractions.
Restaurants are operating at half capacity, offering indoor and outdoor dining. If you can make a reservation, do so. Retailers are also operating at limited capacity. While you can go in to shop, you may have to wait in line to enter if the store is at capacity.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes, it is mandated in New York State that you wear a face covering while in a public enclosed environment AND outside when you can’t keep six feet away from another person. Keep a mask available at all times in case you find yourself in this situation while outdoors. It is crucial to continue to do this to protect others. Asymptotic people could be carrying the virus.
How many people are permitted to gather at once?
The nonessential gatherings limit of 10 has been increased to 50 as of July 1, 2020. Click here for more information.
New York Travel Advisory
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to "test out" of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4.
Please also note that Vermont has also instituted a policy that requires those coming from areas with certain COVID caseloads quarantine upon entry to the state for “leisure” travel. Find the advisory and details of requirements here: accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/
When can ski resorts open?
Ski Resorts can begin opening on Friday, November 6.
State guidance on the reopening of ski resorts includes the following precautions:
- Masks required at all times, except when eating/drinking or skiing.
- Social distancing between parties required at all times.
- Restrict gondolas/lifts to members of the same party.
- Limit ski lessons to no more than 10 people.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared/rented equipment.
- Shuttles, food & beverage, retail service must conform to State-issued guidance.
- Reduce outdoor capacity on mountain by 25% during "peak" days or if multiple trails are closed due to unseasonable conditions.
When can theaters reopen?
Theaters are permitted to open at 25% Capacity on October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each movie screen.
What in-person events are happening this fall?
Gatherings of more than 50 people are not permitted, but there are still some fun socially distant autumn events this year. Visit our events page for more information.
Where can I buy local hand sanitizer?
Hand and surface sanitizer is being produced locally by distilleries at a few different locations. Click here for more information.
Are Hotels/ Motels open?
Hotels were never mandated to close and many in the area remained open for essential travel. Many have opened for the season with strict sanitation practices in place. The travel experience will be different. Traditional guest amenities may be curtailed as well due to high touch surfaces within guest rooms and throughout the property. All guests should follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and wash/sanitize hands frequently. Check individual websites for specifics on COVID-19-related changes that may impact guest experience. On June 4 it was announced private pools were permitted to open as long as they are restricted to guests and social distancing and sanitary protocals are in place.
Are restaurants open?
Bars and restaurants were allowed to offer indoor dining at half capacity on June 17, 2020! This includes local craft beverage producers. Click here for more information on what is open.
Are shops open?
Retail is open! Call ahead for store hours. Click here for our shopping page.
What is there to do?
Most hiking trails and bike trails are open, including the Warren County Bike Trail and the hiking trail at Prospect Mountain. We encourage people to use Warren County’s Recreation Mapper and consult the Lake George Land Conservancy and Adirondack Mountain Club to discover new hikes. The Pinnacle Trail and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob, have reopened.
Trails at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River are open for hiking and biking. Click here for their trail map.
Now that we are past Labor Day, many attractions are open weekends only. Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours. Many are weather dependent as well.
Cruise ships, horseback riding, and rafting were all cleared to open with restrictions in Phase Two.
Marinas are open and kayak and motorized boat rentals are available. Parasailing is available on Lake George.
Fishing charters and individual boat tours are operating.
Golf courses are open, however minature golf is not permitted to open until July 6. Contact them before you go for more information. Tennis and pickleball courts are permitted to open.
Boaters must register before launching in Lake George. Click here to register your boat online with the Lake George Park Commission.
Before launching, boaters must to all they can to meet the Clean, Drain, Dry inspection standard to stop the spread of invasive species. Boat inspection stations are open.
Public docks and boat launches are open. Restrooms and other facilities may not be available. Motorized boat rentals will be available.
Is the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway open?
UPDATE (9/5/2020) The Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the Hiking Trail is now open. There is no shuttle to the top, but people may walk to the top. There is no charge to drive up the mountain this year and it is scheduled to remain open in November weather dependent.
When will the USA-Canada border open?
Canada and the United States extended their agreement to keep the border closed to nonessential travel through November 21. Americans and Canadians who are returning to their country of residence are exempted from the border closure.
What are the Four Phases of New York State's Reopening?
We will be updating this page frequently as new information becomes available.
Here is the information on the four phases of NY Forward's reopening plan.
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
- Professional Services
- Administrative Support
- Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
- Restaurants / Food Services
- Personal Care
Phase Four(Current Phase):
- Arts / Entertainment / Recreation