Here you can get all the information you need about COVID-19 in New York City.
Last updated April 4th 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that state health officials were predicting that New York’s outbreak would reach its peak in about seven days.
As coronavirus is impacting the whole world, it is necessary to follow governmental restrictions and minimise your social interactions to prevent the virus from spreading further. It’s important not to panic and be careful, making sure that you, and those around you, are safe in New York City during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you are stuck in a hotel room, or stranded in a destination that is not your permanent residence, we gathered all the information about airports, public transport, attraction information on one page so you can be informed, take the necessary measurements and be one step closer to getting back home safely once Covid-19 is no longer a threat.
New York and New York City have been especially hard-hit by the virus.
Current amount of New York City coronavirus cases: 67,500
Deaths: 2,624 in New York City
How to protect yourself from COVID-19
Rules and Restrictions in NYC
1. Healthy or sick, all New Yorkers and people in New York, must stay home or in their current residence unless they are essential workers or need urgent health care.
- Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.
2. All businesses that are not essential that are normally open to the public must remain closed.
- Bars and restaurants may provide takeout.
For further information about COVID-19 in NYC, check here.
Non-essential gatherings of any size for any reason are banned
There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City, meaning the sources of new infections are unknown. Everyone in New York City should act as if they have been exposed to COVID-19. That means you should monitor your health closely and stay home. Only go out for essential supplies and services, such as groceries or urgent medical care.
If you need help getting medical care, call 311. You can get care in NYC regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
Learn more here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page
In case you get any symptoms you can only leave your home when all of the following conditions have been fulfilled:
- It has been seven days after your symptoms first began.
- You have not had a fever for three days without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
- Your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved.
New York City public schools are moving toward a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess.
While the airports are generally opened during the current corona situation, there are long lines and frustrated travelers at airports like Chicago’s O’Hare, New York’s JFK, Dallas-Fort Worth as Trump travel restrictions have hit.
For more information during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the following pages:
Public transit in NYC
While public transit remains open, it is not recommended to use it. It is recommended to stay at home as much as possible.
NYC attraction access
Coronavirus has affected the opening hours of the main New York attractions as well. Most of them are temporarily closed. If you are staying in New York for a longer period you might be able to still enjoy some of them after they are open again.
Here is the list of New York’s main iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- Statue of Liberty Museum
- Central Park
- Times Square
- Rockefeller Center
- Modern Art Museum MoMA CLOSED
- The Empire State Building CLOSED
What to do in NYC during the coronavirus restrictions?
All these restrictions might feel like they are putting your life on hold. However, it is important to remember that there is a lot one can do from home. We suggest the following activities:
- Learning how to cook new things.
- Taking time to relax (there has never been more time than now).
- Meditating and/or learning yoga.
- Writing, journaling, working on a school task, starting a blog.
- Reading that book you always wanted to read.
- Gardening, taking care of your home, decluttering.
- Learning about NYC history.
- Watching Brooklyn Nine-nine.
- Watching the 50 best movies set in New York City.
The opportunities are endless! Check out more ideas we have right here when – 5 ways to travel from the safety of your home in 2020.
New on 25/3/2020
NYU offers early graduation to med students
New York University senior medical students were informed tonight that if they have met all requirements and credits they will be granted early graduation in an effort to add more doctors to the medical field amid the coronavirus crisis, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Learn more here.
You can find FAQ about New York City here.
Further, if you are in need of storing luggage in NYC in these times you can find a guide on how to do so here.