May 26, 2021


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States are going to 100%; guidance to become recommendations in many areas.

Since the announcement of updated guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many states in the region are adopting it for their own states. This means a more uniform approach across the Northeast. Here is a rundown of how and when each state is implementing the CDC's guidance.


Connecticut: Effective May 19, 2021, all remaining Sector Rules for Reopening are lifted, with certain exceptions related to mask-wearing. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks indoors, and masks are still required in healthcare facilities (hospitals, medical offices, etc.), public and private transit (airports, taxis, trains, etc.), correctional facilities, schools, and childcare. Masks will no longer be required outdoors. When indoors, vaccinated individuals not required to wear masks, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks.


Maine: Effective May 24, Maine will also lift the physical distancing requirement at indoor public settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants. Consistent with the U.S. CDC’s guidelines, it is recommended that people in Maine who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings in indoor public settings.


Massachusetts: The Commonwealth’s face covering order will also be rescinded on May 29. The Department of Public Health will issue a new face covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. 


New Hampshire: Effective May 8, New Hampshire issued "Universal Best Practices" for businesses.The NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) continues to recommend that businesses and organizations implement the mitigation measures outlined in the NH Universal Best Practices, including face mask use and social/physical distancing for all persons (irrespective of vaccination status) as a pandemic control measure, to protect  vulnerable individuals who may not be able to be vaccinated or who might only have partial immunity from vaccination, and to protect business operations from introduction and spread of COVID-19.


New York: Effective May 19, New York has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People,” issued May 13, for most businesses and public settings. Businesses are authorized to require masks and six feet of social distancing for employees and/or patrons within their establishments OR adhere to CDC guidance, which advises that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and be socially distanced in most settings. The Department of Health strongly recommends masks and six feet of social distancing in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown. Any mask requirements that businesses choose to implement must adhere to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act)


Rhode Island: Beginning May 21, masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals with certain exceptions. No industry will be subject to restrictions. 


Vermont: Masks and physical distancing are only required for unvaccinated individuals. At outdoor events, only 900 unvaccinated individuals will be allowed, plus any number of vaccinated individuals. Indoors, one unvaccinated person per 50 square feet, up to 300, plus any number of vaccinated people.

The Northeast's 2021 Team Member Incentive Swap Appreciating our Industry's Shining Stars

NEAAPA’s Fun Pass Program becomes the Team Member Incentive Swap for 2021!

Due to capacity limitations and advance reservation requirements, the NEAAPA Employee Fun Pass program will once again be placed on pause for 2021. However, now that most facilities are back in operation, we are launching the Team Member Incentive Swap to still show your appreciation to those working in our industry by treating them to a change of scenery.


It's very easy to participate. You send NEAAPA 100 complimentary admissions to your facility, and in turn, NEAAPA will send you 100 complimentary admissions to other facilities. The list is growing every day. Click on the button below to see what members are participating.S


NEAAPA Spring Leadership On Demand

presented by International Ride Training

These resources provided by NEAAPA have proven invaluable to cultivating a healthy and cohesive team. It's also just another sign of how strong and cooperative our industry truly is. There is no greater comfort than knowing you're in an industry that genuinely cares about a consistent and high standard across the board!


George Frantzis III

Quassy Amusement and Waterpark

NEAAPA and International Ride Training are proud to offer you the opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the industry as you prepare for your season. While the pandemic means that we cannot get together in person this year, it has afforded us the opportunity to provide you with a number of courses taught by some of the best in the business - far more instructors than could ever participate in person - to ensure that you are well prepared to handle the challenges that await you this season.


Course Titles Include:

  • ADA 101
  • ADA Advanced
  • Twenty Terrific Tips For Turning Out Tip-Top Text
  • Making it Matter: Engagement at Your Park
  • Engaging Riders In Special Circumstances: Downtime, Evacuation, and Guest Recovery
  • Normalization of Deviance
  • Mid-Season Meltdown: Ideas & Techniques to Get Your Team Over That Mid-Season Slump
  • Let's Go Crazy: Leading Through Relationships and Defining Success
  • A Case for Motivation: Motivate Your Team & Your Boss
  • Culture Jam! Onboarding & Training Your J1 Team Members
  • Training Tips & Techniques
  • Our Workforce Today


Training like this would normally cost you about $75 per person. This year, the Spring Leadership On-Demand will be a
Get your team ready for the season by clicking on the image below and registering them for this great program.
Members will be able to get reports on what courses were viewed by their employees so that you can know what they are learning.


May is National Water Safety Month

National Water Safety Month

National Water Safety Month takes place annually each May, and is proclaimed as a joint effort of the World Waterpark Association, the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. Now in their 10th year of partnering on NWSM, these organizations represent businesses and other individuals and agencies involved in bringing safe, enjoyable aquatic activities to the American public, from home pools and spas, to waterparks and resorts, to public swimming and water recreation facilities. This designation has been made in recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, including swim lessons, the buddy system, parental supervision, following the posted rules, and always being “water aware.”


To help WWA members take advantage of the positive opportunities presented by this community-service event, the World Waterpark Association offers two resources, both of which are available at no cost to current WWA member facilities. First, you can download the updated Be Water Aware Kit here. Second, you can request the Be Water Aware PR Guide, described below, by emailing Cathy Haggarty. This guide provides tips on generating publicity surrounding National Water Safety Month, ways in which park members can communicate with the media and creative public relations suggestions members can use to promote their efforts.

Be Water Aware PR Guide includes:

  • Tips on communicating with the media
  • Creative public relations ideas
  • Steps on how to write a press release
  • Sample press releases members can send to the local media
  • Radio PSA scripts you can send to local radio stations
  • Suggestions on developing informational fliers
  • Water-safety tips ready to distribute to local schools, community centers, churches and synagogues
  • Sample social media posts to use on Facebook and Twitter

Included in the Be Water Aware Kit are Be Water Aware and National Water Safety Month logos that you can use on social media posts or put on your park's website to direct followers to key water safety information on and


Each year, the World Waterpark Association, on behalf of its partners, coordinates Gubernatorial proclamations from all 50 states within the U.S. to proclaim May as National Water Safety Month. These proclamations come from the highest level of state government and they help support the idea that spreading the message around safer water practices, learning to swim and drowning prevention are key to each community found within the U.S. 


You can find your state's proclamation here.


Get your ad in the 2021 NEAAPA Directory & Buyer's Guide; Banner Ads on the website now available

NEAAPA Directory & Buyer's Guide and Banner Ad Bundle

Reach the key decision-makers across the Northeast Attractions Industry. NEAAPA offers a variety of advertising and sponsorship opportunities that will fit any budget.


Do you have an idea for a Member Meeting Topic that you could lead? Contact Ed Hodgdon at


NEAAPA Member To Member Deals


NEAAPA is excited to roll out our new Member To Member Deals on Here you will be able to post offers and deals that are exclusive to your fellow NEAAPA members.

To get started, log into the Member Information Center. You can learn more about posting your Member To Member Deal with this PDF or you can watch this video.


Should you have any questions, please call the NEAAPA Office at 877-999-8740 x701 or email


Upcoming Industry Events

NEAAPA 108th Anniversary Summer Meeting

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA

Details and Registration Coming Soon!


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