DEC Announces Temporary Closure of Kaaterskill Falls

Part of Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Density During New York State’s COVID-19 Response

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the temporary closure of Kaaterskill Falls, the viewing platform, and connecting trails beginning Monday, April 6. The Kaaterskill Wild Forest will remain open to the public. The closure of the Kaaterskill Falls site is part of DEC’s statewide efforts to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 by encouraging New Yorkers to safely and responsibly recreate locally. DEC is temporarily closing public access to the falls due to its unique features that do not provide for appropriate social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 response.

Kaaterskill Falls is a popular destination that consists of several short-access trails leading from large parking areas to the falls and the viewing platform. The falls, viewing platform, and access trails are relatively small areas that are currently concentrating recreationists together, preventing safe social distancing at this site, as well as placing an unnecessary burden on and danger to State and local resources and emergency responders during the ongoing public health response. DEC will continue to evaluate the situation and will announce when these areas reopen to the recreating public.

DEC is closing parking areas at Molly Smith, Laurel House Road, and Scutt Road to public use. All access trails leading to the falls will be closed. Roadside parking in these areas is prohibited.

In addition, DEC is blocking roads leading to the North-South Lake Campground to encourage social distancing and reduce visitor density while providing access for hikers to visit trails that connect with the campground.

While enjoying time outdoors, New Yorkers should follow CDC/NYS Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of disease:

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

DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are encouraging New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 response. DEC and State Parks recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. In addition, DEC and State Parks launched the #RecreateLocal hashtag and encouraged New Yorkers to get outside and discover open spaces and parks close to home.

Source: https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/120029.html?fbclid=IwAR0A4E883JJ-EVW3j5Ubbwpx-2bX_wYLYnS5p0vh_hJnIm56963q9Hb7YX8

Town Hall closed until further notice

The Town of Hunter Town Hall will be closed as on Noon today, March 20, 2020 until further notice.

Certain departments will be working remotely to check their voicemails.

Department extension are:

(518)589-6151

EXTENSIONS:

SUPERVISORS SECRETARY                                 300

COURT/TICKETS                                                  306

BUILDING INSPECTOR/CODE OFFICER           307

PLANNING BOARD                                             308

ASSESSOR                                                           309

HIGHWAY DEPT                                                 310

TOWN CLERK/TAX COLLECTOR                       311

SUPERVISOR                                                       312

Town Offices are Open

THE TOWN OF HUNTER OFFICES ARE OPEN!
Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

PLEASE CALL ONE OF THE EXTENSIONS LISTED

(518)589-6151

EXTENSIONS:

SUPERVISORS SECRETARY                                 300

COURT/TICKETS                                                  306

BUILDING INSPECTOR/CODE OFFICER           307

PLANNING BOARD                                             308

ASSESSOR                                                           309

HIGHWAY DEPT                                                 310

TOWN CLERK/TAX COLLECTOR                       311

SUPERVISOR                                                       312

NOTE: CERTAIN NON ESSENTIAL BUSINESS WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED IN PERSON AND CALLERS WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Coronavirus Updates: March 12, 2020

Until further notice any and all public meetings of the Town of Hunter now are postponed.

Additionally the Town of Hunter Health Board in conjunction with our Town Health Officer, HTC School District, the Villages of Hunter and Tannersville have collaborated on a sign that we are making available to all businesses and public meeting places in our Town.

These printed signs are recommended to be placed on the front door to the establishment. These are available to be picked up at Town Hall and both Hunter and Tannersville Village Halls.

Coronavirus Information: March 11, 2020

If you or your family member is experiencing flu-like symptoms please call your local health professional in order to schedule an appointment to seek care.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

You can find more information on Coronavirus from the NYSDOH and the CDC.