Since March, our communities in Yates County have been working diligently to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in the Finger Lakes Region, and we will continue to so that we can continue to slowly open and stay open. On June 26, the Finger Lakes Region met the requirements to safely begin Phases 4 of 4 of the New York State reopening guidelines. The safety of the residents of Yates County and those who visit is our top priority, so we encourage all to follow the guidance that has been issued by New York State Public Health officials and the Governor. We will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19, and we are committed to providing resources for businesses, updates and information for those who live, work and visit here. For the most thorough, detailed information on the phased reopening of NYS and the Finger Lakes Region, please visit

Planning Resources – Visiting Yates County

The phased reopening of New York State, specifically the Finger Lakes Region, has taken time and has been treated as a delicate and evolving process. Kindness, patience and understanding are appreciated as businesses get back into the swing of things the safest way possible. It is important for you to know what to expect and have a clear understanding of how attractions, accommodations and local businesses are operating at this time so you can enjoy your time spent here.

Things might look differently around here. However, many popular Finger Lakes activities like wineries, breweries, shops, restaurants, and attractions – are open and ready for you to experience. We truly can’t wait to get back to sharing a little part of our lives with yours, but there are some things you need to know and be mindful of:

New York State has issued a travel advisory for anyone entering the state from states or territories that are experiencing recent, significant, community-wide spread of COVID-19. For a list of states and territories that meet the criteria for required quarantine, visit

In New York State, everyone is required to wear a mask in public where you cannot maintain at least 6 feet distance. This includes when taking private or public transportation and for-hire vehicles.

Social distancing guidelines (maintain 6 ft. apart) are non-negotiable while we continue to navigate the safe reopening of our region.

Check with the business or attraction before visiting for the most up to date information on their hours, offerings and capacity.

We encourage you to review the additional travel resources linked below.

Traveler Resources:

I LOVE NY Resource for Travelers
New York State Department of Health

Finger Lakes Wine Country Reopening Updates

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Finger Lakes Premier Properties Planning Resources


Resources for Reopening Your Business

Reopening Plans, Information & Testing Sites

Yates County and Local Resources:

Finger Lakes Economic Development Center of Yates County COVID-19 Disaster Relief

Yates County Public Health

Official Yates County Government Covid-19 Updates

Yates County Chamber of Commerce Be Local, Buy Local Gift Certificate and Bonus Bucks Program (contact us to list your business)

Local PPE Resources for Your Business

New York State (NY Forward) Reopening Guidance & Tools:

Phased Reopening Guidelines

Check Any Updates on NYS or Local Guidance

NYS Business Reopening Safety Plan Template

NY Forward – Business Affirmation Form for Reopening Guidance

Metrics to Guide Reopening NYS

NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

NY Forward – Frequently Asked Questions

NY Forward – A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better

Testing Sites:

NY Forward – Find a Test Site Near You

Employer & Employee Resources:

NY Forward – Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure

NYS – New York State Paid Family Leave for COVID-19

Executive Orders:

NY Forward – Executive Order – No. 202.34 on Face-coverings from May 28, 2020

NY Forward – Guidance on Executive Order 202.6 for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction


NYS EDC – COVID-19 Updates and Resources

US Travel Association Emergency Preparedness Response

Empire State Development Covid-19 Resources

CDC & OSHA Guidelines

Links to Best Practices for Certain Industry Sectors:

General Job Site Best Practices
Child Care Programs Guidelines
Elements of Specific Site Safety Plans 
​Guidance for hospitality based businesses
Enhance Manufacturing Workplace Safety
Retail Open Doors Guidance 
A Guide for the Restaurant Industry 
Winery Guidance
Guidelines for Salons / Barber Shops  
Sample Campground Reopening 

Free Print Materials & Signs for Your Business:

CDC (Center for Disease Control) Posters to Support COVID-19 Recommendations

Yates County and Village of Penn Yan Branded Door/Window Signs

NYS DOH “Protect Yourself Poster”

Coronavirus Awareness Collection from Canva

Federal Government & Financial Resources

CARES ACT Fact Sheets:

Paycheck Protection Program

Exchange Stabilization Fund

Economic Injury Disaster Loans


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

CDC – Guidance for Reopening Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools & Homes

CDC Information for Travelers

CDC Overview and General Page

CDC Community Page and Resource Links

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Page

CDC/EPA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

CDC/EPA Cleaning and Disinfecting Decision Tool

U.S. Small Business Administration Payroll Protection (SBA):

Payroll Protection Program

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

FEMA Fact Sheet – Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations