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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 5/12/21

Coronavirus is still active in New York State. Wear a mask and social 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.

      • Beginning May 19, large-scale outdoor event venues will only be limited by space available for social distancing.

        • Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, and other large outdoor venues will have sections for vaccinated patrons with 100 percent capacity allowed beginning May 19. Sections for unvaccinated patrons will remain limited by space available for social distancing.

        • Beginning June 1 in Buffalo for Blue Jays home games, 50% of Sahlen Field’s available seating will be dedicated to a fully vaccinated fan section spaced next to one another in assigned, seated sections. The remaining fan sections will have 6 feet of physical distance between spectators.

    • 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.

    • Indoor large arena capacity can increase to 25 percent beginning May 19.

      • For Islanders playoff games, Nassau Coliseum will feature 50 percent capacity for a fully vaccinated fan section with attendees spaced 3 feet apart.

  • Broadway tickets can go on sale for shows starting September 14.

    • On September 14, Broadway shows can reopen at 100 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. 

  • Restaurants can have 75 percent capacity for indoor dining.

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

    • The curfew for bars and restaurants will be removed for outdoor dining beginning May 17 and for indoor areas beginning May 31.

  • Spectators are allowed at horse and auto races at 20 percent capacity.

  • Movie theaters can reopen at 33 percent capacity with no more than 100 people allowed in front of each screen.

  • 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.

    • Beginning May 15, casino capacity can increase to 50 percent.

  • 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, zoos, and botanical gardens can open with 50 percent capacity. 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. 

  • Beaches and pools will operate with six-foot social distancing in anticipation of Memorial Day. New York State's goal is to reopen them to 100 percent capacity by July 4.

Effective May 19, most business capacities—which are currently based upon percentage of maximum occupancy—will be removed in New York. Businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet. This new distance-based maximum capacity will apply across commercial settings, including: retail, food services, and amusement & family entertainment among other settings. For specific guidance, please visit New York Forward.


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