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Beloved Rye Playland closed for remainder of 2020 over COVID-19 concerns

Rye Playland
Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 17:42:44-04

RYE, NY — Childhood favorite Rye Playland is closed for the remainder of the 2020 season due to coronavirus risks.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer expressed concerns during a Tuesday press conference for Playland Park's ability to continue normal activities while maintaining social distance and proper cleaning practices between visitors.

“We’re very concerned that something we do could reignite the contagion,” said Latimer.

Playland Beach, mini golf, the boardwalk and the Seaside Walk and the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary will remain open with certain restrictions, according to the park’s website.

The beach is open to Westchester residents only. Food concession is only serving take out and seating outdoor dining. Park visitors must wear masks if they cannot maintain a standard social distance of six feet.

The park’s amenities are only a few of Westchester’s coronavirus-safe activities. Croton Point Park has been open since Memorial Day with social distancing precautions.

The Saxon Wood and Sprain Ridge pools opened over the weekend, during the second week of New York’s reopening.

The park will also host drive-in movie nights throughout the summer.

Amusement parks are not listed in the governor’s industry reopening plans for Phase Four, meaning Playland will need to await Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s green light to allow full capacity operation.