Governors Island reopens Wednesday with limited capacity amid COVID-19

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A giant granite scramble on Outlook Hill is seen on Governors Island in New York’s harbor on July 13, 2016.

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NEW YORK CITY — Governors Island reopens to visitors on Wednesday as the city continues to make progress against the COVID-19 outbreak.

The island was initially set to kick off the 2020 season in April but delayed its reopening in the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus during the height of New York’s outbreak.

Since then, the Trust for Governors Island has been working to create a clean and safe environment for New Yorkers to enjoy this summer.

The island will open to the public with limited capacity and some restrictions on activities.

Folks can head to the island for passive recreation activities only, such as hiking, walking and running, biking, birding and picnicking.

Hammock Grove will also reopen Wednesday, providing a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Children will be able to burn off some of their pent up energy from being cooped up this spring at the Hammock Grove Play Area and Slide Hill.

The Urban Farm will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays for folks to explore GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden and Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center.

Bike rentals will be available via Blazing Saddles and Citi Bike. Visitors can bring their own bikes on Governors Island ferries for no additional fee.

More than a dozen food and beverage vendors will also return Wednesday, including Island Oyster, Taco Vista and Little Eva’s. For a full list of vendors, click here.

The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

The first ferry will depart at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Battery Park.

In an effort to limit capacity and prevent overcrowding, the trust set up a new ticket reservation system for the ferries. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase in person for each ferry.

Customers are required to wear face coverings at all times while traveling on Governors Island ferries.

The trust is offering free ferry service to all NYCHA residents and community organizations across the city as part of an outreach program targeted toward underserved communities with no places to go to cool off for the summer.

Additionally, Brooklyn ferries are being redirected from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park to Red Hook’s Atlantic Basin on weekends beginning Saturday.

A round-trip ferry ticket costs $3 for adults. Children under the age of 12, adults 65 and over, Governors Island Members, IDNYC holders as well as current and former military service members ride for free.

Ferries that depart before noon on Saturday and Sundays are free for all passengers.

The NYC Ferry service will offer additional connections to Governors Island’s Yankee Pier on weekends. The dedicated ferry shuttle will depart from Wall Street/Pier 11 every 30 minutes. Tickets are $2.75 or by free transfer from any NYC Ferry route.

People who arrive at Governors Island via NYC Ferry should plan to return to Manhattan the same way.

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