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Governors Island set to reopen with limited capacity on July 15

Photo by Julienne Schaer

Governors Island will officially reopen to the public with limited capacity next week.

Starting July 15, Governors Island will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. The Governors Island Trust postponed the 2020 season in April in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and for the health and safety of its visitors, staff, tenants, vendors and community of cultural organizations.

To ensure a safe environment for all visitors, The Trust will launch a number of health, safety and social distancing protocols upon reopening, including a new ticket reservation system to manage capacity on ferries.

“Equitable access to open spaces in our city has never been more important, so we’re thrilled to welcome New Yorkers to Governors Island in just a few short weeks,” said Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “This summer, Governors Island will be an affordable, local getaway for New Yorkers who need it most. We’ve focused on a plan to make the Island more accessible to New Yorkers in areas underserved by parks this season, and have taken important steps to ensure the health and safety of our visitors. We look forward to seeing everyone on the ferry!”

Ferry service to Governors Island will depart daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Manhattan. Capacity on Governors Island’s ferries will be limited during the 2020 season to allow for social distancing. Visitors will be able to reserve ferry passes online.

Round-trip ferry tickets will cost $3 for adults and free for riders age 12 and under as well as Governors Island Members, IDNYC holders and current and former military service members. Ferries are now also free for all New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents and seniors 65 and over. Morning ferries before noon on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. There will be no surcharge for bicycles at any time and visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times while traveling on Governors Island ferries.

Vendors offering food and beverages will be available upon reopening. All Governors Island vendors will comply with the latest foodservice guidelines and adhere to health and safety plans that minimize person-to-person contact, emphasize hygiene, and allow for social distancing in serving areas.

For those who are still quarantining at home, Governors Island At Home will continue to be available on the Governors Island website.

“Governors Island is an idyllic place for New Yorkers to spread out and enjoy summer in the City,” said Alicia Glen, Chair of the Trust for Governors Island. “While the season was cut short by the pandemic, the Trust has worked around the clock to increase access to the Island for those hardest hit. I look forward to enjoying the views from the Island’s fabulous outdoor dining spots – thank you to the Trust staff and all of our partners for giving New Yorkers safe and secure access to one of the City’s true gems.”

For more information, visit www.govisland.org.

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