Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan significantly delayed the reopening of New York’s main economic driver (attraction industry), detrimental to state citizens and businesses.
Under the Governor’s Plan, recreational locations, including one of the most restrictive in the United States, family entertainment centers, amusement parks, water parks, and other attractions, must remain closed.
The continued closure of the attraction industry is inconsistent with the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public health recommendations, a fundamental misconception of the attraction industry and the current – safe operation within the recommendations of the CDC. It may reflect your ability to do so.
Safety is a top priority in the attraction industry. It’s always, and always. Thanks to Cuomo for his thoughtful approach to reopening New York, but now it’s time for our industry to allow guests to reopen, so it’s safe and memorable again at your favorite local attraction. You can enjoy the remaining experience.
Our industry has worked together to develop new protocols and procedures for secure operation for the COVID-19 pandemic. IAAPA, a global association of attractions industry, has developed detailed COVID-19 reopening guidance that has been successfully used in countless state reopening plans.
Attraction operators, especially indoor and gated attractions, have full control over the number of guests allowed on a particular day. National attraction facilities approve resumption of plans, including important daily attendance restrictions, to ensure compliance with social distance recommendations and prevent uncontrolled crowds of the kind experienced elsewhere Have received. The governor only needs to look at attractions in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey as proof that these restrictions and controls are working. And the size of the crowd was effectively controlled.
The New York attraction industry is forgotten. We employ thousands of people in the community and contribute to the community. Employees are ready to work. The customer will be back. And we are ready to work with the state to come up with plans on how to do all this safely.
Cuomo’s hesitation to move to New York as well for a safe reopening of the attractions industry denies escape as well given New York’s work, earnings, and perhaps the stress of recent months. .. Governor Cuomo should rethink his stance and engage with New York attraction leaders before it’s too late for the industry and the nation.
Ryan D’Amico is Vice President, Owner and General Manager of Laser Bounce (Family Fan Centers in Queens and Levittown).