Another family found the park to be the perfect spot for a picnic, with plenty of space to socially distance. ITHACA (WBNG) — With Memorial Day Weekend in full swing you may be looking for a place to get away while still staying close to home. Officials the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce are expecting Ithaca to be that place for many families across the region, but they are asking everyone to stay safe when you visit. “People are definitely looking to stay closer to home so that’s folks within an hour drive. We may see friends from Binghamton, we may see people from Syracuse or the other lakes,” says Peggy Coleman, Vice President of Tourism at Visit Ithaca, a branch of the Tompkins County Chamber. “What we’re hearing is being outside is better than being inside and until we can be inside again taking that really scenic drive into Ithaca is a piece of cake, a no brainier,” she said, adding that the many restaurants and craft beer sellers in the area have takeout options available to visitors coming to spend the day. “All of the picnic tables are well spaced out and we’re outside and even though the parking lot is full it doesn’t feel like it’s overly crowded with a lot of people,” says Faith Baccari of Amsterdam, NY. Coleman says if there’s one thing in Ithaca that has the power to draw in tourists from around the region, it’s the water. “As long as people maintain social distancing with a minimum of six feet between parties as well as wearing face coverings the parks are open,” she says. “We’ll be spaced out as much as possible and we do have face masks if needed,” he says. “Living in New York we don’t have nice weather all the time so taking advantage of it’s huge.” At Stewart Park several families were doing just that, including Keith Skelly and Courtney Karszes who made the trip to Ithaca from Greene to spend time with family who were seated several feet away. Coleman says as long as everyone stays safe and keeps their distance, she hopes Ithaca will be an enjoyable day trip for families across the region this Memorial Day. She says whether you’re heading to the waterfalls or a picnic on the shores of Cayuga Lake, there are some guidelines to follow. “The things we’re best known for are our waterfalls and gorges so there is that opportunity,” she says. “All four of our state parks are open but visitation does look a little different.” Coleman says there are some things within the parks such as playgrounds and swimming areas that will remained closed for the safety of all visitors.
TIOGA COUNTY (WBNG) — The Tioga County Public Health Department Thursday issued a public health statement after learning several individuals who attended a wedding and rehearsal dinner have tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials are asking anyone who attended the events to self-quarantine. According to the news release, several people who eventually contracted the virus attended a large wedding on July 11 at Cornerstone at W&W in Apalachin. Person tests positive for virus, visited Olive Garden Person who attended church service in Endwell tests positive for virus The public health statement marked the third such statement in the Southern Tier on Thursday. Broome County previously announced two other health advisories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to coronavirus: The release also stated that individuals in the wedding party had a rehearsal dinner the night before at The Celler Restaurant & Bar on the River in Owego. The health department said people who were at the restaurant between 6 to 9 p.m. on July 10 should quarantine until July 24. The health department asks anyone who attended either the wedding or went to the restaurant on Friday night, and shows symptoms, to contact their health provider and the local health department. Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrhea read more
OWEGO (WBNG) — An Owego mother is using her crafting skills to help students keep their masks from falling down their face while at school. You can find more information here. Queen’s Mask Lanyards come in different colors and sizes that can fit young children to adults. The lanyards are made out of ribbon and clips to help keep the lanyard secured even when someone isn’t wearing it. “I got to thinking when she starts school, and all of the places her mask was going to fall,” Barnard said. “Possibility of it falling on the bus and in the hallway,” she added. Stacy Barnard says she was inspired to make the lanyards after her daughter’s mask dropped on the ground in their driveway. After posting the lanyards to Facebook, Barnard has sold lanyards around the Southern Tier and has sent some out of state. read more
Nov. 21 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The health department says if you experience symptoms you should contact your healthcare provider. Locations include: American Legion Post 974, 119th St in Whitney Point BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has learned two establishments were visited by people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Octagon Inn, 3699 State Route 26 in Glen Aubrey Nov. 21 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. The health department says if you have visited these establishments for 10 minutes or more on the respective dates of exposure to self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms for 14 days. read more