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A message on Governors Island’s 2020 Public Season from Clare Newman, Trust for Governors Island President and CEO


Dear Friends,

All of us at the Trust for Governors Island know how challenging these unprecedented times are for New York City. As we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our daily lives, we are reminded of just how important open space and cultural resources are to our communities, and how they enliven our city.

With a heavy heart, the Trust has determined it must delay our originally planned May 1st opening of the 2020 public season on Governors Island. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, tenants, vendors and community of cultural organizations is our top priority, and we are committed to supporting the City’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to soon announcing when we will be able to welcome you back to the Island this year.

The Island is continuously responding to guidance at the Federal, State and Local levels, and has already implemented the following measures:

  • Limiting access to Governors Island to essential staff and tenants only
  • Educating our staff, volunteers, and programming partners on preventative measures and social distancing in line with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and the New York City Department of Health
  • Dramatically increasing cleaning protocols in common areas

Though closed to the public, we are looking to find new ways to connect New Yorkers to Governors Island’s rich history, waterfront ecology, innovative landscapes and diverse art and culture, starting with virtual programming over these next few weeks for some needed springtime joy. Please explore our website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be sharing daily bloom photos and digital resources to stay connected.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you on the ferry soon.


Clare Newman
President and CEO
The Trust for Governors Island