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 https://forward.ny.gov
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 https://ny.gov/states.
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.
Resources for Reopening Your Business
Reopening Plans, Information & Testing Sites
Yates County and Local Resources:
Local PPE Resources for Your Business
New York State (NY Forward) Reopening Guidance & Tools:
Employer & Employee Resources:
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
Guidelines for Salons / Barber Shops
Sample Campground Reopening
Free Print Materials & Signs for Your Business:
Federal Government & Financial Resources
CARES ACT Fact Sheets:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
U.S. Small Business Administration Payroll Protection (SBA):
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):