ALBANY — The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health are reminding agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19 New York Forward guidance.

That includes pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations and other on-farm activities, such as corn mazes, hayrides and more, that are open to the public. Those businesses are permitted to be open as long as they set capacity limits, alert customers to and enforce social distancing and face mask requirements.

New York State is actively partnering with local municipalities to enforce the NY Forward requirements across all industries in New York.

“We want these farms open and operating and the public to be able to take advantage of these great family activities, but we need everyone to follow the guidelines to keep New Yorkers safe,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball in a news release. “This includes making sure businesses are capping capacity and ensuring that patrons are practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

“Together, we can continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities.”

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