NYC Covid Updates
Here you have all the latest updates on the NYC coronavirus situation regarding airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in New York City is no longer a threat.
Governmental Rules and Restrictions in New York City
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 it’s also very important to be careful. Make sure that you, and those around you are safe in New York City during the coronavirus outbreak.
- “Stay-at-home” order in effect, meaning all citizens are advised to stay inside their own homes and avoid contact with others as much as possible
- A face mask or covering must be warn in all indoor public places and on all public transport
- It is recommended that everyone in New York City act as if they have been exposed to the coronavirus, meaning you should monitor your health closely and stay at home
- Bars and restaurants may be open under strict hygiene and social distancing rules and may provide takeout
- Nursing home visits and retirement homes are limited
- NYU offers early graduation to med students
For more information on the Coronavirus situation in New York, read more here
Is it safe to travel?
Latest Covid-19 Travel Articles
Lonely Planet on travel spike
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Travel and Leisure on COVID-19 tests
Airports With COVID-19 Testing Happening On-site
“Domestic and international airports are offering some peace of mind ahead of holiday travel with on-site COVID-19 testing — see if you can get tested at the hub you’re heading to. ” Continue reading here
Travel Pulse on new COVID travel plan
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Travel Weekly on a less connected world
The world is less connected because of Covid, IATA report says
“The number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of October, according to a new report from IATA. In raw terms, that means that of the more than 19,300 city pairs that were connected by regular air service at the start of 2020, approximately 7,000 aren’t currently on airline schedules.” Continue reading here
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NYC Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the last 24 hours)
- Covid travel restriction by state
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- New York begins expanding Covid-19 vaccine groups scheduling appointments
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- A scramble to boost vaccination in New York
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- Coronavirus in the US: Latest map and case count
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NYC Coronavirus Travel Information
- The status of the outbreak varies by location and state and local authorities are updating their guidance frequently; check local authorities here
- Passengers are advised to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely necessary
- The government has shown no inclination in issuing a nationwide travel ban as of yet
- If you have travelled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), seek medical advice.
- FAQ for International travellers here
- Travel Health Notices for each country here
NYC Airport information
Check with your airline company no more than 72 hours prior to departure to find out about any alterations of your travel plans.
All decisions regarding the screening of international passengers arriving at all airports in the United States are made by federal agencies including the CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Official websites are doing a great job keeping travellers updated and at providing the latest information. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of New York’s airports.
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NYC Public Transport
- Subways and buses are running normally with fewer crews
- Some carriers have suspended service and others are running modified service. Please check with your carrier for specific trip information.
- For everyone’s safety, all passengers in New Jersey and New York must comply with the emergency orders which require anyone using public transportation to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth
Although public transport is running in New York City and in the state of New York, changes in schedules and times could be expected due to the coronavirus situation.
All passengers are advised to travel only if is absolutely necessary and if so, to stand a healthy 6 to 12 feet away from each other at all times.
- Grand Central Terminal
- Penn Station
- Long Island Rail Road
- Metro-North Railroad
- Port Authority Bus Terminal
New York City Attractions
New York City, March 26, 2020 – Times Square in Manhattan sits nearly empty as the coronavirus spreads rapidly.
Most NYC attractions have started to reopen. Here, you can keep yourself informed on attraction reopenings, daily opening and closing times and information on reduced capacity.
In the case that certain locations close again due to changes in restrictions, you can still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again if you are staying in New York City for a longer period of time.
Here is the list of New York City’s iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- Statue of Liberty – open
- Central Park – open
- Times Square
- Rockefeller Center – open
- Modern Art Museum MoMA – open
- The Empire State Building – open
What to do while currently in New York City
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:
- Food delivery
The coronavirus situation doesn’t need to prevent you from having some delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit UberEats, or other delivery websites, pick anything you want and have it delivered to your home or location.
- Communicating with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?
- Watch a movie set in New York City
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch a New York-themed movie instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie about New York City while you are in the Big Apple? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city Here is a list of the the 50 best movies set in New York City.
If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some texts that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for a an hour or two a day.
Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.
- Take a walk in nature close to or around your home/location
Although social distancing during these times is very important, going outdoors for some fresh air and a quick walk are just as important for our health. We suggest talking a walk around your living premises, going for a run, making use of your backyard or simply going on your balcony more frequently during the day.
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.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. We are in this together and every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?