Coronavirus Update and Travel Information
Updated: May 29, 2020
The Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis is evolving rapidly and impacting destinations around the globe, including Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara County. We are closely monitoring changes and developments as they occur and are regularly having conversations with leaders and experts in our industry. We will continue to share the most timely and accurate information possible.
As of May 19, 2020, Western New York, including Niagara Falls USA, have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan.
- Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
- In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo has temporarily banned on all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
- All K-12 schools and college facilities statewide will remain closed and continue to provide distance learning, meal delivery and childcare services for the remainder of the school year. Summer school will be conducted through distance learning.
- Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice.
- Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout and/or delivery can be ordered during the period of closure. Browse a full list of dining options here.
- The Canadian border remains closed until June 21, 2020 to all non-essential traffic.
- All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services are closed until further notice.
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.
- Additional information can be found on the NYS Department of Health website.
Temporary Closing of Area Attractions and Events
Niagara Falls State Park is open to view Niagara Falls only and walk around. All parking fees are currently waived at state, local and county parks in New York State. If you do plan on visiting, it should be for a healthy nature break only and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. Avoid crowds and groups; if crowds form, choose a different park, trail, or return another date/time.
Several Niagara Falls USA attractions and events are either temporarily closed or postponed. If you are currently in the destination or planning for future travels, we strongly advise you to contact the business and/or organization directly for the most up-to-date information.
- Hotels have been deemed essential businesses and are allowed to remain open for guests, but must follow CDC recommendations and protocols for health and safety.
- As of Monday, May 25, 2020, state campgrounds and RV parks are now open in all regions of New York. For more information visit parks.ny.gov.
Healthy Travel Practices
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- New York Forward: Industries Reopening by Phase
- Niagara County Center for Economic Development: COVID-19 Resource Page
- US Travel Association: Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
- American Hotel & Lodging Association: Enhanced Industry-wide Hotel Cleaning Standards in response to COVID-19
- The Global Association for the Attractions Industry: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance