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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 4/15/21

Coronavirus is still active in New York State. Wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance in public.

Below is information for those traveling to New York either domestically or internationally, as well as guidance for travelers while in the state.


New York State has a travel advisory in effect. For the latest information on recommended testing and other protocols for entry into the state for domestic and international travelers, please visit the NYS Department of Health Travel Advisory page.


Below is information on reopening venues in New York State. Participants should be aware that along with capacity limits; social distancing, face coverings and strict adherence to Department of Health guidance must be followed at each location.

Attend sporting events, arts performances, and more! The Excelsior Pass mobile app supports a safe reopening of New York by providing a free, fast, and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. Think of it as a mobile airline boarding pass, but for proving you received a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test.

As businesses and venues in New York State reopen, the following capacity limits and testing requirements apply:

  • Non-residential social gatherings may include up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. 

  • The following may open at reduced capacities; attendees must show proof of recent negative test or immunization.

    • Professional sports in large outdoor stadiums can reopen at 20 percent capacity.

    • 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.

  • Event, arts, and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, with up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. 

    • If all attendees present proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors. 

  • NYC restaurants can have indoor dining at 50 percent capacity.

  • Restaurants outside of New York City can have 75 percent capacity for indoor dining.

  • Bars and restaurants are allowed to stay open until 11 p.m. daily, however must still close in-person service from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.  

    • Effective Monday, April 19, bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open until midnight.

  • Spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races at 20 percent capacity beginning Thursday, April 22.

  • Movie theaters can reopen at 25 percent capacity with no more than 50 people allowed in front of each screen and assigned seating.

  • Malls are open statewide with restrictions in NYC allowing only a 50 percent occupancy limit.

  • Casinos and video lottery terminal facilities are open statewide with a 25 percent occupancy limit.

  • 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 are allowed to reopen to the public indoors at 25 percent. Advanced tickets may be required.

  • Hotels, marinas, campgrounds, and RV parks are open statewide.

  • Indoor family entertainment centers can open with 25 percent capacity and health protocols.

  • Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33 percent capacity. 



  • A Micro-Cluster Strategy is in effect across the state, placing tighter restrictions on businesses, restaurants, and gatherings for areas where COVID-19 positive rates are high.

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