Recreational restrictions eased, US-Canadian border closed for another month

Apr 19, 2020

New York State is relaxing some of its rules that limited certain types of outdoor activities.

Private golf courses will be allowed to re-open with restrictions. Golfers will need to comply with social distancing guidelines. Course operators will be allowed to employ groundskeepers and security. But they're still considered non-essential businesses, meaning clubhouses and restaurants will remain closed.

The state is evaluating what to do about public courses.

New York is also allowing marinas and boatyards to re-open as long as social distancing and sanitation protocols are followed. But chartered boat outings and boat rentals remain off limits.

The border between the US and Canada will remain closed to all non-essential traffic for another month. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday the two nations have agreed to continue the travel restrictions for another 30 days to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The border was closed on March 21st and was scheduled to reopen this week.

Only essential commercial travel is allowed. As a result, car traffic across the area's international bridges has dropped to single digit levels compared to last year at this time.

New York is making it easier to get married. With many city and town clerk offices closed, people will now be able to get marriage licenses online and wed via video. Governor Cuomo approved the change in an executive order.