Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is here to support our travelers and our community as we experience sustained community spread of COVID-19 throughout New York State.

Please be advised that New York State and Steuben County public health agencies are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now our focus is on the health and safety of our communities and our visitors that are managing this issue. We hope that you and your family remain healthy and safe during this difficult time and hope to see you after the virus passes and it is again safe to travel. Until then, we encourage you to do some travel inspiration by visiting our main page at to learn more about our beautiful destination and the amazing people that make up our communities.

All non-essential businesses are temporarily closed until further notice. Please visit this link for New York States definition of essential businesses that will remain open. 

Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries, and Farms are open in a limited capacity for take-out or delivery only.


All year-round state parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites are currently open for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. Governor Cuomo has waived all entrance fees during the current COVID-19 public health crisis.

To encourage social distancing during this crisis, all public programs and events are suspended indefinitely. Many large indoor visitor facilities, such as nature centers visitor centers, and historic houses, will be closed to the public indefinitely.

State Parks will provide updates periodically on social media, and at We will also be available to respond to questions or concerns regarding visitation opportunities at

Visitors should remember they are in a public park. While we are making increased efforts toward sanitation, each surface is only as clean as the last person who touched it. Therefore, you should take steps to protect your health by following the CDC/NYSDOH's for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:


  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment


State Parks is closely coordinating with state's emergency preparedness and response efforts. As the situation continues to develop, we will take any necessary actions to protect visitor and staff health.


Some Steuben County events and attractions may be suspended or temporarily closed due to the situation. As you consider future travel plans, please contact attractions, venues and event organizers directly for the most up-to-date information. 

Corning Museum of Glass Please check this link for updates for The Corning Museum of Glass

Rockwell Museum Please check this link for updates for the Rockwell Museum

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Please check this link for updates for the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Finger Lakes Boating Museum Please check this link for updates for the Finger Lakes Boating Museum

Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes Please check this link for updates for the Heritage Village

Travel Recommendations

As cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread worldwide and throughout the United States, including New York State, we continue to monitor the situation and will provide tourism-related updates. We encourage all travelers to visit the New York State Department of Health website for official information regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus.


These simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

New York State Resources

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