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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are there any forms I have to complete before beginning my trip in the Finger Lakes?
As of April 1, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. While no longer required, the NYS Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread - wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings. View Travel Guidelines.
As of March 30, 2021, FLVC has reviewed the Governor’s executive order on Traveler Restrictions (originally issued on November 4, 2020) and notes that these restrictions are still in place. We expect that in lieu of a negative test that proof of full vaccination is acceptable. NYS has just announced the Excelsior Pass to help Fast-Track this check. For more information on the Excelsior Pass, please click here.
As of November 4, 2020, the governor's office stated, “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.
- Travelers Must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival.
- If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result.
- States that are Contiguous with New York Continue to Be Exempted from Quarantine Protocol — Essential Workers Also Continue to be Exempted.
- Travelers Who Were Only Out of State for Less Than 24 Hours Do Not Need to Quarantine but Must Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival Back in NY.
- All Travelers Covered by The Advisory Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State.
Q: Is the Finger Lakes open?
A: Yes, we are! Our trails are ready to be hiked, our wineries are ready for you to sip, our restaurants are ready to serve you, our hotels are ready to be your home base and our attractions are ready to provide you with a memorable #FLXperience.
Q: It’s not a visit to the Finger Lakes unless I am able to visit a winery! Are they open?
A: Absolutely! Right now, our wineries and restaurants are seating to 75% capacity inside and offering outdoor options 6 feet apart. Masks should be worn up until you are seated at your table, but then they can be removed to enjoy the full wine tasting or dining experience.
Q: I read reservations are required at wineries and restaurants. Is that true?
A: Wineries and restaurants are encouraging reservations simply so you and your party can get the full Finger Lakes experience. If you have a spot in mind that you can’t miss, we recommend checking out their reservation policy.
Q: Are masks required? What if I do not wear a mask?
A: Yes. Visit Finger Lakes joins with our health department, and all County officials in ensuring all persons who are in public places wear a facial covering. Maintaining social distancing of 6 feet from those not in your party is also being enforced.
Q: Can I find out how a business is enforcing the safety procedures before I visit?
A: Yes. All open businesses in Ontario County have a safety plan in person and online you can see.
Q: I love the live music available around the Finger Lakes. Is that allowed?
A: Live music ordinances vary from location to location. Many restaurants, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms are keeping their live music schedules updated on Facebook and the website. Keep checking back!
Q: Can I visit your parks and go hiking?
A: Yes! Our wide-open spaces are ideal for getting outside and maintaining social distancing.
Q: Can I go swimming?
Yes! Each swimming location does vary depending on the conditions, so check each spot’s website before coming.
Q: Are golf courses open? What about renting a boat on the lake?
A: Yes, and yes. Golf courses are open, and we have a variety to choose from. Boat rentals are also continuing, and more information on those can be found here. For launching spots, we recommend our website and the DEC website.