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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 9/16/20 

As New York State moves through its phased reopening of businesses by industry and region, please check with venues and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans. For more information on the New York Forward business reopening plan, visit forward.ny.gov.   

Preventing the spread of coronavirus is important. Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring any individual within the state who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place or business and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. The New York State Department of Health advises all people in New York to keep at least 6 feet distance from others when in public.

Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. More information on the advisory, including the daily updated list of which states the travel advisory applies to, can be found here.

We continue to monitor the situation and will provide tourism-related updates. Travelers are encouraged to visit the New York State Department of Health website. You can also sign up for coronavirus updates from Governor Cuomo. 

If you have a business that has been impacted by coronavirus, please visit Empire State Development for information on available resources.

Additional information:

  • NYS Department of Health (DOH) has issued an emergency health order mandating travelers from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide COVID-19 spread to complete a DOH traveler health form
  • Malls in NYC can reopen with 50 percent capacity with no indoor dining.
  • Casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen statewide with a 25 percent occupancy limit.
  • Starting September 30, NYC restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity with temperature checks for all patrons. One member of each party will be required to provide contact information for tracing if needed. There will be no service after midnight, no bar service, and masks must be worn when not seated at a table.
  • New York City restaurant patrons who observe violations can report Issues by calling 833-208-4160, or by texting 'VIOLATION' to 855-904-5036.
  • Bowling alleys are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, with every other lane closed, and groups required to stay in the lane in which they are bowling. Due to restrictions on indoor dining, food and beverage service will not be allowed in New York City bowling alleys.
  • Museums, aquariums, and other low-risk cultural arts in New York City are allowed to reopen to the public indoors at 25 percent maximum occupancy with pre-set staggered entries, mask requirements, and traffic flow controls in place.
  • Seasonal fall recreation activities including corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides, and haunted houses are permitted to operate under the NY Forward guidance. For more detailed information on guidance and restrictions, please refer to the FAQ found here.
  • Hotels, marinas, campgrounds, and RV parks are open statewide.
  • Public and private beaches statewide are allowed to operate with restrictions on capacity.
  • Limited concessions are allowed to open at state beaches.
  • Outdoor pools in State Parks across NYS are open at reduced capacity with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • The NYS Fair is happening virtually this year through Labor Day. For more information, please visit nysfair.ny.gov.
  • All county fairs will be canceled until further notice out of an abundance of caution.
  • Please refer to NY Forward guidance for low-risk outdoor and indoor arts and entertainment activities permitted for regions in Phase Four.
  • The following locations are still NOT opened or occurring throughout New York State:
    • Places of public amusement (e.g., arcades)
    • Movie theaters
    • Indoor concerts, performing arts, or other theatrical productions
    • Amusement parks, water parks, and carnivals
    • Outdoor concerts, or performing arts in excess of the gathering limit in effect for the particular region
  • Additional Resources
  • CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  • World Health Organization: Coronavirus
  • Local NYS County Health Departments
  • NYC Department of Health
  • US Travel Association - Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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