On March 15, 2011 new Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations took effect governing access to state and local governmental facilities and other facilities generally open to the public. Compliance with these 2010 standards will be required for new construction, alterations and barrier removal on March 15, 2012. The new regulations require facility owners to afford easier access to the disabled on everything from amusement rides to judicial facilities. The regulations also create new rules for ticketing, service animals, wheel chairs and other power driven mobility devices, and lodging facilities. The new regulations also provide a general safe harbor under which elements in covered facilities built in compliance with the 1991 standards or UFAS would not be required to be brought into compliance until the elements were subject to a planned alteration. Similar safe harbor rules were adopted for path of travel elements to an altered area. If you have any questions, please contact David Raves [email protected].