• Accessibility
Menu Close

Category - New Developments in New York State Tourism

NYS Reimagine Rebuild RenewCurfew for Food/Beverage Establishments Moved from 11 p.m. to Midnight; Curfew for Catered Events Moved from Midnight to 1 a.m. 

(April 14) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races at 20 percent capacity, beginning Thursday, April 22. Spectators will be subject to the State's strict guidance, which is currently in effect for other professional sports competitions with fans. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to the State's health and safety protocols on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.

Shaker SeedsGrant Will Support the Inaugural Permanent Collection Installation, Shaker Belief, Shaker Life, Shaker Community, in the Museum’s New Facility in Chatham, NY

Chatham, New York (April 06, 2021) – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that it has been awarded a two-year grant of $230,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant is for the inaugural permanent collection installation, Shaker Belief, Shaker Life, Shaker Community, which will be presented at the launch of the museum’s new facility in downtown Chatham, NY, currently in development.

NYS Reimagine Rebuild RenewVenues Will Be Able to Host Up to 100 People Indoors or Up to 200 People Outdoors; With Testing or Immunization, Up to 150 People Indoors or Up to 500 People Outdoors

Social Distancing, Face Coverings and Strict Health Protocols Required

Excelsior Pass Now Available for New Yorkers to Show Proof of Vaccination or Recent Negative COVID-19 Test to Attend Venues; Interested New Yorkers Can Use Excelsior Pass and Learn More Here; Interested Businesses Can Learn More Here

New State Guidance Available Here

(April 2) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that performing arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity beginning today. Venues can host up to 100 people indoors or up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of completed vaccination or recent negative test result prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors or up to 500 people outdoors. Social distancing, face coverings, health screening and other health protocols will be required by all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance, which is available here.

NYS Reimagine Rebuild RenewLarge-Scale College Sports Venues Can Host Spectators at 10 Percent Indoor or 20 Percent Outdoor Capacity 

Recent Negative Test or Immunization Required for Attendees 

Small-Scale College Sports Venues Can Host Spectators at 2 Per Player, or Social Gathering Limit of 100 People Indoors or 200 People Outdoors; With Recent Negative Test or Immunization, Increases to 150 People Indoors or 500 People Outdoors

(March 30) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that collegiate sports can bring fans back to the stands under strict state guidelines, beginning April 2. Intercollegiate sports at large-scale venues that hold more than 1,500 attendees indoors or 2,500 attendees outdoors can host up to 10 percent indoor or 20 percent outdoor capacity. All attendees must present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result or completed COVID-19 immunization prior to entry. Colleges and universities hosting spectators for sporting events at large-scale venues must notify and coordinate with their respective state or local health department, aligning with the state guidance for professional sports competitions with spectators.

Excelsior PassTo Help Fast-Track Reopening of Businesses and Entertainment Venues Statewide

Digital Pass Offers Free, Voluntary Way to Share COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Status in Accordance with New York State Guidelines 

Proven, Secure Technology Developed in Partnership with IBM Following Successful Pilot  

As Part of Initial Launch, Excelsior Pass Can Be Used by Participating New Yorkers at Theaters, Major Stadiums and Arenas, Weddings Receptions, Catered Events & Other Events in Accordance with New York State Guidelines

NYS Reimagine Rebuild RenewNew Carousel Building Adds to Overall Vision for a Redeveloped Waterfront 

See Photos of the Carousel Here 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside is nearing completion. A steel frame, the organ and the carousel itself are being installed inside the new timber frame building at Canalside. When complete, the historic De Angelis Carousel will be a year-round, family friendly attraction for the Buffalo waterfront, building on the popularity of the Explore & More Children's Museum and many other activities for visitors of all ages. The carousel is planned to open this summer. …

Carl ReinerNational Comedy Center’s Archival and Preservation Department to be Named in Reiner’s Honor

Jamestown, NY – March 19, 2021 – The National Comedy Center, the United States’ official cultural institution dedicated to the art form of comedy, announced today that it will become the home of comedy legend Carl Reiner’s archives. The Reiner family is donating the archives to the Center, where rare creative papers, scripts and artifacts spanning Reiner’s seven-decade career in comedy as a writer, director, producer, author and performer will be preserved.

NYS Reimagine Rebuild RenewProfessional Sports in Large Outdoor Stadiums Reopen at 20 Percent Capacity; Attendees Must Show Proof of Recent Negative Test or Immunization; Venues and Events Subject to Strict State Guidance

Regional Sports Venues That Hold 1,500+ People Indoors or 2,500+ People Outdoors Can Reopen; Capacity Limited to 10 Percent Indoors and 20 Percent Outdoors

Large Outdoor Performing Arts Venues That Hold 2,500+ People Can Reopen at 20 Percent Capacity

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York's Major League Baseball teams, the New York Mets and New York Yankees, can resume play with spectators in the stadiums, beginning April 1. Professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20 percent capacity. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening. The New York State Department of Health will re-evaluate the testing and vaccination entry requirements in May, and if the public health situation continues to improve, they may be discontinued in mid-May. Vaccinations will continue to be administered at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field during the MLB season.

NYS - Making Progress HappenWhile No Longer Required, Quarantine After Domestic Travel is Still Advised as Added Precaution

Mandatory Quarantine Remains in Effect for International Travelers

All Travelers Covered Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. While no longer required, the NYS Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread - wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings.