RYE, NY — The parking lot of Playland Amusement Park will be turned into a drive-in theater for two upcoming Friday evenings. Westchester County Executive George Latimer said the movies are part of the county parks' Screenings under the Stars series.
Latimer said the films will be family and children-oriented so people can get out of the house and enjoy Playland.
"We are aiming to make lemonade out of the lemon that is Playland Park being closed in the age of COVID," he said. "Remember, the tickets to these shows go fast."
The first film will be "Aladdin" on Friday, July 31. Tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. Wednesday at this link.
The second film will be "Dolittle" on Friday, Aug. 7. Tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the same link as above.
Admission is $20 per car; there will be limited capacity due to social distancing protocols.
Moviegoers will be asked to maintain a 6-foot distance from others when exiting their vehicles, and to wear a mask at all times when outside their vehicles. No gatherings will be permitted. Exiting your vehicle will be permitted when using the restrooms. Restrooms at Lake Boating will be available and will be serviced routinely. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Latimer said the numbers continue to show a diminution of all aspects of the new coronavirus in the county.
As of Monday, there were 467 active cases of the new virus in the county. There have been 35,551 confirmed positive cases since the pandemic began.
Latimer said 4 percent of those positive cases were fatalities. To date, there have been 1,440 deaths related to COVID-19. There were no deaths Sunday in the county.
There have been a total of 347,649 tests for coronavirus administered in the county since March.
Latimer said he did not have an up-to-date number of those currently hospitalized with the virus, but he said it was likely in the mid-30s to the lower 40s.
He said it's been three weeks since the spike in infections seen in Chappaqua resulting from the high school graduation and related parties.
"We believe that spike has run its course," Latimer said, and the county doesn't expect any new cases.
He also said that the July 4 weekend is more than two weeks in the past, with nothing to indicate any concern.
Here is the map of confirmed and active cases of the new coronavirus broken down by community.