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.
Will the quarantine on out-of-state visitors to New York impact my visit?
A travel advisory was recently implemented in New York State. Travelers from any state currently hard hit by COVID-19, as determined by an infection rate formula, must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. This currently applies to travelers from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Is Saratoga Springs welcoming out-of-state guests?
Yes -- The majority of out-of-state visitors to the Saratoga region will not be impacted by the recently announced travel advisory. 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.
The majority of outdoor activities are open, but many larger attractions, both indoor and outdoor, are closed. Restaurants and bars are operating, but have limited capacities in their indoor spaces. Many have chosen to offer outdoor dining and takeout/delivery only. All large events that were originally scheduled to take place in the late spring and early-to-mid-summer have been canceled or postponed.
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, too. 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 prevent a second wave of COVID-19. People who aren't showing any symptoms of the virus may still be carrying it with them and unknowingly spreading 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 now able to open. Please contact your salon of choice to learn more about any new procedures and restrictions they may have in place before arriving.
Personal care businesses - which include tattoo and piercing facilities, massage therapists, spas, cosmetologists, and nail salons - are also able to be open.
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 yet 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 50% capacity. Some restaurants are requiring reservations, while others are not taking them. Contact your favorite restaurants directly or check their websites/Facebook pages for information on their status. Mask requirements apply to indoor dining as well, so be prepared to follow any rules a restaurant has posted.
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 »
What trails are open in the Saratoga area?
The trails at Moreau Lake State Park and Saratoga Spa State Park are open, and the grounds of Saratoga National Historical Park are open for pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, the Battlefield Tour Road is now open to motor vehicles from 9:00AM - 5:00PM daily.
We have an extensive guide to other hiking and nature trails and preserves here.
Please note that although trails are open, facilities (including bathrooms) may not be.
Is Saratoga National Historical Park Open?
Yes! All grounds at the park are open from sunrise to sunset for walking and the tour road is open from sunrise to sunset for pedestrians and cyclists.
Motor vehicles can travel on the tour road from 9:00AM - 5:00PM daily.
Visitors can find restrooms in the main parking lot and at Tour Stops 2 and 7. Drinking water is not available, though.
For the time being, the following facilities remain closed: General Philip Schuyler House, Saratoga Monument, Neilson House, and the Visitor Center.
Is Brown's Beach open?
Brown's Beach is open for the season. Hours are 10:00AM - 7:00PM. Capacity is limited to 250 patrons (300 on weekends), so the Town of Stillwater recommends arriving early. The Town has also posted rules at the beach, so visitors should review and follow them upon arriving.
Are Peerless and Victoria Pools open?
The Peerless and Victoria Pools officially opened on July 3. The pools will be open daily through September 7, from 10:00am-6:00pm. A number of new social distancing guidelines are in effect, and you can learn about them here.
What is open that is fun to do in Saratoga right now?
The following activities/attractions are available:
- Hiking and walking
- Parks (with social distancing guidelines), including Congress Park and Saratoga Spa State Park
- Golf courses (check with the specific course before you visit - they may have new rules and capacity restrictions)
- Non-motorized (including kayaks, canoes, and rowboats) and motorized boat rentals
To see a list of what specific businesses are open, click here.
SPAC & Summer Events
Will classical events or Live Nation concerts be happening at SPAC this summer?
On May 18, SPAC announced that its classical season - including residencies by the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra - has been canceled. Ticketholders for the classical events should've received an email from SPAC regarding refund and ticket donation options. If you didn't receive that email or can't locate it, you can find SPAC's classical season refund information on their website here.
The majority of Live Nation's rock and pop concerts that were scheduled to take place at SPAC this summer have been canceled or postponed. Ticketholders for the Live Nation events should've received an email from Live Nation or Ticketmaster regarding their refund options. If you didn't receive an email, you can find Live Nation's refund policy on their website here. You can also easily check a Live Nation event's status by using the status update filter on their website here.
Will major events be taking place as planned?
Currently, large public gatherings are not allowed in our region. These types of events are part of Phase 4 - the final phase of the reopening plan - so it could be a bit before we're able to gather again. We're keeping our Saratoga area events calendar as up-to-date as possible with postponements, cancellations, and new virtual 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 are open. Please keep in mind that some amenities - including community restrooms and showers, swimming pools, playgrounds, and beaches - may not be available. Contact campgrounds directly to inquire about their status and any restrictions they may currently have in place before arriving.
Saratoga Race Course & The Harness Track
Will Saratoga Race Course be open without fans this summer?
On June 19, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) - which manages Saratoga Race Course - released a statement that said, "Under current New York state guidelines, Saratoga Race Course will open on July 16 without spectators in attendance."
Why can't I buy single-day tickets?
The New York Racing Association (NYRA), which manages Saratoga Race Course, hasn't made a ticketing announcement yet. We will update our site once we have official information.
I have season tickets or passes. How do I get a refund if fans aren't allowed at the track this summer?
NYRA will likely reach out to season ticket and passholders directly with refund information. You can also contact NYRA through their website here.
Is the harness track open?
Timeline for Reopening
What will be open when?
For the purposes of Governor Cuomo's four-part reopening plan, Saratoga County is part of New York State's "Capital Region". The Capital Region entered Phase 4 of reopening on July 1. To learn more about the four phases and which industries are included in each, visit the official website here.
For a region to progress into the next phase of reopening, it must meet a number of virus-related criteria. Because of this, it's impossible to know what the true timeline for reopening is or to predict what will be open in time for someone's previously scheduled visit to Saratoga later this summer. Experts are requiring a minimum of two weeks between each phase so they can properly monitor how the virus has spread over the course of a given phase.
What opened when Saratoga was in Phase 1?
What opened when Saratoga was in Phase 2?
What opened when Saratoga was in Phase 3?
What is open now that Saratoga has entered Phase 4?