What's Open In Saratoga Springs NY Right Now & Other COVID-19-Related FAQs
Are you wondering what's open in Saratoga? We've got the answers you're looking for! The FAQs below cover the topics our readers have been asking about the most, and we've responded to each question to the best of our ability. Since things have been changing so rapidly, we'll update this page frequently to keep it as accurate as possible.
What is New York State's current policy on out-of-state visitors?
As of April 1, 2021, domestic travelers are longer required to quarantine upon entering New York State.
Is Saratoga Springs welcoming out-of-state guests?
Yes -- visitors who abide by the travel advisory listed above are welcome in Saratoga Springs. That being said, when planning a visit to Saratoga Springs, it is important to note that your visit to the area this year will be different than what you're used to from past visits. Many hotels are welcoming visitors, but to prioritize the safety and well-being of guests, employees, and the Saratoga community, there are new protocols in place, like capacity restrictions, mask requirements, sanitization procedures, and more.
If you decide to visit Saratoga Springs, it's crucial that you follow all social distancing guidelines so we can limit the spread of COVID-19 together.
Where do I have to wear a mask?
If you are in a public closed environment (indoors) or are unable to keep a proper social distance indoors or outdoors (six feet away from people who aren't members of your household), you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You should always have your mask with you in case you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to social distance.
Many businesses are enforcing facial covering and social distancing policies. Be sure to pay attention to any signs they may have posted regarding masks and do your best to be respectful if a business owner asks you to put your mask on.
Why do I have to wear a mask? I am healthy and am not worried about contracting COVID-19
Everyone must wear a mask as part of New York State's effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. People who aren't showing any symptoms of the virus may still be carrying it with them and unknowingly spread it to others they interact with. When you wear your mask, you're improving the chances that Saratoga Springs may return to a "new normal" sooner rather than later.
Shopping, Spas & Salons
Are shops open in Saratoga?
Shops are allowed to welcome shoppers into their stores as long as capacity restrictions, mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and cleaning procedures are put in place and enforced. Many shops are also still offering curbside or in-store pickup for those who don't feel comfortable entering the store just yet.
If there's a particular shop you're interested in, give them a call or check out their website or Facebook page to find out more about their status and new procedures.
Are salons and spas open in Saratoga?
Hair salons and barber shops are able to be open. Please contact your salon of choice to learn more about any new procedures and restrictions they may have in place before arriving.
Restaurants & Dining
Are restaurants open for outdoor dining?
Saratoga restaurants are able to be open for outdoor dining. Restaurants must follow certain requirements that include: tables must be spaced at least six feet apart; all staff must wear face coverings; and all customers must wear face coverings when not seated.
Click here to find restaurants in Saratoga that have patios, but keep in mind that every restaurant on the list may not be open and some are requiring reservations. Your best bet is to call before arriving.
Are restaurants open for indoor dining?
Restaurants are able to open their indoor dining areas at 75% capacity. Some restaurants are requiring reservations, while others are walk-in only. Contact your favorite restaurants directly or check their websites/Facebook pages for information on their status. Mask requirements apply to indoor dining, so be prepared to follow any rules a restaurant has posted. Respect the small business owner that is trying to survive during these difficult times, and wear your mask when asked to do so.
Click here to find restaurants in Saratoga that are offering indoor dining.
What Saratoga area restaurants are offering takeout and/or delivery?
You can find out which Saratoga restaurants are open for takeout and/or delivery on our list here »
Indoor & Outdoor Activities
What attractions and activities are open?
Click here to see a list of specific activities and attractions that are open. As things continue to change, we'll be keeping that list up-to-date.
Is Saratoga National Historical Park Open?
The tour road is closed to vehiclular traffic until Spring 2021. Visitors can walk through the park from sunrise to sunset daily, but there are no drinking water or restroom facilities available.
Is Brown's Beach open?
Brown's Beach will open for the 2021 season on May 28.
Will classical events or Live Nation concerts be happening at SPAC this summer?
We have yet to hear any official announcements from Live Nation or SPAC regarding summer concerts and classical events. We will post an update as soon as we know more.
Will major events be taking place as planned?
Currently, large public gatherings are not allowed in our region. We're keeping our Saratoga area events calendar as up-to-date as possible with postponements, cancellations, and new events. If you have questions about a specific event, we recommend that you contact that event's organizers to confirm the event's status before coming to Saratoga.
Lodging & Accommodations
Are hotels open? What about other lodging properties?
Most hotels, cabins, cottages, bed & breakfasts, and inns are open. If there's a specific hotel or lodging property you're wondering about, you should contact them directly.
Are campgrounds open?
Most campgrounds will open for the season later this spring. For those campgrounds that are open, please keep in mind that some amenities - including community restrooms and showers, swimming pools, playgrounds, and beaches - may have capacity restrictions. Contact campgrounds directly to inquire about their status and any restrictions they may currently have in place before arriving.
The Race Course, Harness Track & Saratoga Casino Hotel
Will Saratoga Race Course be open without fans this summer?
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) - which manages Saratoga Race Course - has announced that the 2021 summer meet will run from July 15 through September 6, but they haven't released information about fan attendance or tickets yet. We will update our website once we know more.
Is the harness track open?
The 2021 harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel has begun, however spectators are not allowed at the track at this time. Races are run three days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays with the first post at Noon) for the first four months of the season, and fans can wager remotely through SaratogaBets.com.
Is the Saratoga Casino Hotel open?
Saratoga Casino Hotel's lodging and dining facilities, as well as the casino itself, have re-opened. Mask requirements and other safety protocols are in place.