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.
The latest restrictions in NYC are:
- New York will no longer require quarantine of US travellers as of April 1;
- Restaurants can reopen and operate at 50% capacity;
- A face mask or covering must be warn in all indoor public places and on all public transport;
- Cinemas are open;
- All New Yorkers should get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk;
- Movie theaters and billiard/pool halls are allowed to reopen in NYC;
- Public school buildings have begun reopening in phases for in-person learning;
- For more information on the Coronavirus situation in New York, read here.
Is it safe to travel?
Latest Covid-19 Travel Articles
BBC on vaccines
What are the Brazil, South Africa and UK variants and will vaccines work?
“A Covid variant first identified in Brazil has been found in the UK.
Public health officials are investigating six cases and are using testing to see if it has spread to more people.
Some variants, like this one, appear to be more contagious and there are concerns current vaccines may not work as well.” Continue reading here
NewsScientist on Brazil variant case
Airports With COVID-19 Testing Happening On-site
“Efforts are underway in England to trace a person infected with the P.1 coronavirus variant, after they used a home testing kit but didn’t complete a registration form. The P.1 variant was first identified in people who were travelling from Brazil to Japan on 10 January, and the infected person is one of six cases of the P.1 variant detected in the UK in February.” Continue reading here
EUObserver on Covid-free travel pass
EU to propose Covid-free ‘travel pass’ ahead of summer
“The European Commission is working on a special pass to allow vaccinated people and others to travel more freely – despite criticism from those who say it risks discriminating those unable to get the jab.
Also known as a “digital green pass,” the plan is to have a legal proposal in a matter of weeks which would include categories like those who are vaccinated, those who have recovered from Covid-19, or those who are able to produce negative test results.” Continue reading here
SkyNews on the virus evolving
COVID-19: This virus will keep evolving – and that makes international travel risky
“In truth even a complete quarantine on travellers wouldn’t reduce the risk of imported virus to zero unless it also applies to the 1,000 or so truck drivers crossing the Channel every day. That’s unlikely.
And no quarantine rule is going to stop the emergence of home-grown variants. Both the original virus and the Kent version have mutated and are spreading.
What we need are better vaccines.” Continue reading here
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NYC Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the last few days)
- NY cinemas reopen but will people come ?
Read here >
- NY loosens rules for vaccinated people
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- Quarantine for domestic travel will no longer be required starting April 1st
Read here >
- With COVID cases dropping, Cuomo eases more restrictions in New York
Read here >
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
- New York will no longer require quarantine of US travellers as of April 1.
- Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travellers
- If you develop symptoms during your travel (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.
Find out more here:
NYC Public Transport
- Subways and buses are running normally with fewer crews
- 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?