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  1. Peter Wirth says:

    Hi – We are planning to rent a cabin near Rainbow lake. We asked the owners for a copy of CDC guidelines re. Covid 19 virus and renting their cabin. They responded they will be wiping down all surfaces with a disinfectant. Is there any place we can go to find out what the recommendations are. For example, should we bring masks along if we go into the town of Saranac to use the library etc.

    We care about the Adirondack community and don’t want to spread the virus. Any suggestions on where to go so renters can get information on what we should do when we visit the Adirondack community this summer.

    Pete Wirth
    Syracuse, NY

    • Boreas says:


      The “rules” up here aren’t appreciably different than anywhere else in the state. Maintain a 6 foot perimeter and wear a mask. If it were me, I would assume the place I was renting still had contaminated surfaces and if possible disinfect accordingly – especially furniture. You may want to wash all the kitchenware before first use – even if it is redundant. Or use disposable kitchenware. Unless I know otherwise, I try to assume any surface that can be touched by me has been touched by someone else, and wash or disinfect my hands accordingly. For instance, I use a cheap, cellophane glove every time I pump gas.

      You may want to contact the county you will be visiting to see specifically what is required WRT rental unit cleaning. It is also important to keep in mind, just because a business or facility may now be ALLOWED to be open doesn’t mean it MUST be open. That being said, I am not sure the library would be open. In other words, as restrictions are gradually lifted, don’t assume communities will open up. The virus is still here and the risk is still as real as ever until we know from reliable testing that it isn’t. Live your life accordingly.

    • Thanks for writing, Pete. Here is some updated “guidance” from DEC too:

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