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Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 01/21/21

Coronavirus is still active in New York State. We have to be smart. Wear a mask, maintain six feet of distance in public, and download the official New York State exposure notification app, COVID Alert NY.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, 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. 

New York State’s travel advisory requires individuals traveling to New York from non-contiguous states to quarantine for 10 days. New guidelines allow travelers to New York to undergo COVID testing to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. A travel information form must be filled out by all travelers coming from a non-contiguous state for contact tracing purposes. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory update. 

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:

  • 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. Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $10,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine.
  • A new Micro-Cluster Strategy has been introduced across the state, placing tighter restrictions on businesses, restaurants, and gatherings for areas where COVID-19 positive rates are high.
  • Indoor dining in New York City is temporarily suspended. Outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery are still available.
  • Bars, restaurants, and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to no more than 10 people. 
  • Ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hotels, marinas, campgrounds, and RV parks are open statewide.
  • 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)
    • 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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