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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 10/27/20 

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.

The Governor has announced the launch of COVID Alert NY, a free exposure notification app that will alert you if you were in contact with someone who has COVID and is also using the app. COVID Alert NY works in conjunction with similar apps in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, allowing for regional exposure notifications. The app will help contact tracing to stop the spread of COVID-19. The app uses Bluetooth technology, doesn't track your location, and is completely anonymous. It's also available in multiple languages, contains updated data about test rates in New York, and features other information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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. Per the NYS travel advisory guidelines, non-essential travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania is discouraged.
  • Any travelers coming to New York State from a Level 2 or Level 3 country are ordered to mandatory quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. ALL international travelers are required to complete the DOH traveler health form. Failure to follow requirements will result in a $2,000 fine and will be subject to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine.
  • Governor Cuomo announced the Cluster Action Initiative, introducing tighter restrictions on businesses, restaurants, and gatherings for clusters where COVID-19 positive rates are high. Click here to learn more about the Cluster Action Initiative and to see the locations that are affected.
  • Ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, November 6.
  • Movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity with no more than 50 people allowed in front of each screen. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones.
  • Malls are open statewide with restrictions in NYC allowing only 50 percent occupancy limit.
  • Casinos and video lottery terminal facilities are open statewide with a 25 percent occupancy limit.
  • 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. 
  • 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
  • Hotels, marinas, campgrounds, and RV parks are open statewide.
  • Public and private beaches statewide are allowed to operate with restrictions on capacity.
  • Please refer to NY Forward guidance for low-risk outdoor and indoor arts and entertainment activities permitted for regions in Phase Four.
  • For information about safely traveling through New York City–area airports, visit the Port Authority COVID-19 information page.
  • 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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