Saratoga TODAY May 22-28, 2020

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NEWS / EDUCATION

Week of May 22 – May 28, 2020

School Board Candidate State’s Tourism Association Educates Travelers on Benefits of Forum to be Held Online Staying in a Hotel Post-COVID19 ALBANY — In response to the uncertainties following the COVID19 pandemic, several stories and articles have emerged comparing the safety of hotels and short-term rental stays (such as Airbnb or VRBO). Now more than ever, New Yok State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) feels it is the duty of the Association to use its platform to educate travelers on the new standards set in place by the New York State hospitality industry to make a guests’ stay as safe and comfortable as possible. Lodging properties in New York State are now implementing new operating guidelines that include enhanced cleaning protocols to protect the wellbeing of guests and employees in response to the pandemic. “We must advocate for our lodging partners during this time of uncertainty,” said Darryl Leggieri, Discover Saratoga President. “Our local hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts are absolutely taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of

every guest and their employees. They will be visible, diligent, and happy to discuss their protocols to instill confidence that they are taking your well-being seriously.” Examples of operating guidelines and best practices set forth by NYS hotels include: • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces and communal areas • Hand sanitizer (touchless if possible) at hotel entrances and key contact areas such as lobbies, elevator landings, pool and exercise areas, etc. • Removing rooms from service for 72 hours after a guest leaves before cleaning • Employers are encouraged to take temperatures of employees (policy should be applied equally) • Plexiglass installed at front desk to protect the guest and front desk employee “As New York State begins to ease back in to business, the real hope is that the state’s tourism industry will have a respectable summer and fall tourism season where families can experience all

the great state of New York has to offer,” said Mark Dorr, NYSH&TA President. “There have been many articles written about hotels and the ability to sanitize rooms and make sure guests are safe. The new guidelines put in place throughout the State, Nation and World with regard to cleaning ‘best practices’ should leave no doubt that legitimate lodging businesses like hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts will be the best and safest choices for overnight stays this summer.” “The NYS Destination Marketing Organization (NYSDMO) is proud to work with our hotel partners throughout the state,” said Don Jeffries, NYSMO President. “Our hotel partners have been working diligently to implement sweeping safety measures to help promote a clean, safe, and secure experience for guests. The hard work of these hotels and their dedication to providing a safe, and enjoyable experience to our visitors will be vital in rebuilding the tourism and hospitality industry across New York State.”

SARATOGA COUNTY — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County has scheduled a Candidate Forum for the Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education. This virtual event will be held on Monday, June 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Webex. Log-in will be available at saratogaschools.org with the ability to sign in as an attendee. The forum will begin after the

school budget presentation. Questions for the candidates must be sent in advance to vslwvsc@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 27. Otherwise, the forum will follow the same format as the League’s live candidate events. There are seven candidates running for three board seats. The forum will be recorded for future viewing.

School Board of Education Elections SARATOGA COUNTY — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school board of education elections will be taking place via absentee ballots. Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) has three seat openings for a three-year term; Ballston Spa has two openings for a three-year; and Schuylerville has two openings for a five- year term. All absentee ballots for all districts are due June 9, 2020. The order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of

education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election. For more information, contact each district’s Board Clerk: • SARATOGA SPRINGS Brenda Roberts, 518-583-4703 • BALLSTON SPA DistrictClerk@bscsd.org • SCHUYLERVILLE: Judi Dunkel, 518-695-3255, ext. 3242

Livestream Religious Services SARATOGA ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs

We’re Live! Join us at 10:30 a.m. for our Facebook Livestream. For more details on how to connect with us, go to salchurch.org/SundayStream

BETHESDA EPISCOPAL CHURCH 26 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs

Please refer to the church website: bethesdachurch.org

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SARATOGA

45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Sermon and a worship service available each week on our webpage: fbcsaratoga.org. The worship bulletin to follow along, music links to sing along with the music selection and sermon will be an audio link in the bulletin.

CHURCH OF SAINT PETER

SARATOGA SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Please refer to our website for our Sunday Liturgy www.stpetersaratoga.com/mass-broadcast.html Worship aid provided to accompany the Mass.

Join us for our live streaming Worship Service at 10 a.m. from the comfort of home! facebook.com/saratogaumc

241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs

ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs

Tune in beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday for St. Paul's online worship on Facebook Live. facebook.com/SpaLutheran A downloadable liturgy for Sunday’s service is available at www.spalutheran.org/fb

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF SARATOGA SPRINGS Sunday at 10 a.m. uusaratoga.org/spiritual-exploration

If you would like to include your congregation in this list of services please send your information to: rmitchell@saratogapublishing.com