COVID-19 Resources for our Travelers
COVID-19 is top of mind to most of us these days and like most New York State destinations, we’re monitoring the situation and staying tuned to its developments. Overall, the chance of infection to Americans remains relatively low and living in a rural community allows us the luxury of being in a less transferable area. It is each of our responsibilities to follow proper hygiene etiquette to ensure everyone’s health and safety and limit the spread of COVID-19.
As New York State moves through its phased reopening of businesses by industry and region, please check with venues and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans. For more information on the New York Forward business reopening plan, visit forward.ny.gov.
Preventing the spread of coronavirus is important. Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 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. The New York State Department of Health advises all people in New York to keep at least 6 feet distance from others when in public.
The Governor also announced that all restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers. Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Citizens who see violations or are concerned can report complaints, including photos, to the State Liquor Authority at www.sla.ny.gov.
Travel Advisory Quarantine
Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. More information on the advisory, including the daily updated list of which states the travel advisory applies to, can be found here.
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.
- NYS Department of Health (DOH) has issued an emergency health order mandating travelers from designated statesCOVID-19 travel advisory with a significant degree of community-wide COVID-19 spread to complete a DOH traveler health form.
- New York City has been cleared by global health experts to enter Phase Four of reopening without any additional indoor activity, such as malls and cultural institutions, beginning Monday, July 20th.
- New regulations for bars and restaurants in will ensure compliance with social distancing and face-covering orders.
- Hotels, marinas, campgrounds, and RV parks are open statewide.
- Public and private beaches statewide are allowed to operate with restrictions on capacity.
- Outdoor pools in State Parks across NYS will open for July 4th weekend at reduced capacity with social distancing guidelines in place
- All county fairs will be cancelled until further notice out of an abundance of caution.
- There are a number of low-risk, outdoor recreational activities that are permitted statewide as long as social distancing and disinfecting procedures are followed including, drive-in theaters, tennis, golf, ziplining, ropes courses, and rental of non-motorized watercraft.
- Horse racing and car racing tracks statewide are allowed to operate without fans.
- For regions in Phase Three of reopening, outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars is permitted, however restaurants and patrons will have to follow capacity and safety guidelines. For information on phases of reopening for regions across the state and safety guidelines/restrictions, visit forward.ny.gov.
- For regions in Phase Four of reopening, low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment such as zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, and outdoor agritourism/agricultural demonstrations will soon be allowed with restrictions. With a staged Phase Four re-opening there will be capacity restrictions and visitors will have to follow safety guidelines. Check or call before visiting to ensure a facility or attraction has reopened.
- For regions in Phase Four of reopening, low-risk indoor arts and entertainment such as indoor museums, historical sites, and aquariums will be allowed with restrictions. There are capacity restrictions and visitors will have to follow safety guidelines.
- The following locations are still NOT opened or occurring throughout New York State:
- Places of public amusement (e.g., arcades, bowling alleys)
- Movie theaters
- 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
- Non-essential common areas including, but not limited to, gyms, fitness centers or health clubs, saunas or steam rooms, children’s playrooms, and game rooms.
- 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)