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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are there any forms I have to complete before beginning my trip in the Finger Lakes?
A: If you are visiting the Finger Lakes from another state, you must fill out the Traveler Health Form. 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.All travelers to New York State must fill out the following form to determine whether a 14-day precautionary quarantine is required. View Form.
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 50% 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.
Q: Is my state part of the New York mandatory 14-day quarantine?
A: The states required to participate in a 14-day quarantine change daily based on testing results. Please visit the New York State Website for the most up-to-date list. Any violations of this mandate will include a summons and a $2,000 fee.