9/18/20 Update: We continue to flow traffic through the Main Gate and require scanning of passes right now. We are using a new pass, called a Grounds Access Pass, which can be obtained here: https://2020tickets.chq.org/. As with our summer passes, they are free of charge and can be pre-ordered for curbside pickup or they can be emailed for at-home printing or use via mobile device. Parking passes are no longer required either on the grounds or in the parking lots.

This decision will be evaluated regularly as we monitor on-grounds traffic, government guidance and orders, and COVID-19 case statistics in the region.

Previous Update: The Chautauqua grounds are being staffed by the minimum essential personnel. Institution facilities, assets and public areas are not occupied or being monitored at the normal level of operations. We have closed all but the Main Gate in an effort to responsibly provide more security to protect Institution property, and that of our community members, during these current circumstances.


For our summer season, at this time, we are planning to staff only the Main Gate, with the auto entrance staffed 24/7. The Main Gate pedestrian entrance and exit lanes will also be staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season dates. The Market Gate is operated remotely by the Chautauqua Police Department and available only for delivery vehicles.

We have heard concerns that this approach will cause backups in the center of the grounds, which we will monitor, and we appreciate that it is inconvenient for those who live on either end of the grounds. We hope you will understand that we need to be able to track population density and the number of hangtags being given out, etc. Centralizing entrance and exit is the best way to do that.  


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