Westchester County, New York, officials are keeping Rye Playland amusement park closed this year. The historic park will remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season amid ongoing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer has acknowledged cleaning rides between each person and maintaining social distancing as potential challenges when trying to reopen a park of this size. The amusement park, which has been open since 1928, has been a source of revenue for the county, which is already hurting due to the pandemic shutdown. As another possible roadblock, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that amusement parks won’t be included in phase four of the state’s reopening plan. Playland was supposed to open for the season in May, but the county delayed its start date as part of a regional effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.