ALBANY – New York will allow golfers to hit the course and boaters to hit the water during the coronavirus pandemic after all.Empire State Development, the state authority in charge of determining essential and nonessential businesses, updated its guidance for golf courses Friday, opening the door for them to reopen to golfers so long as almost all direct employees are not on premises. On Saturday, New York joined the states of Connecticut and New Jersey to open up their marinas, boatyards and boat launches for recreational use. Previously, marinas were only open for boaters performing essential services, meaning recreational boating wasn't permitted.
The reversals are the latest steps the state has taken to clarify its list of essential businesses and services, which determine what can and cannot stay open while the COVID-19 crisis is ongoing. MORE HERE.