Coronavirus in New York

Coronavirus in New York

This page contains up to date information about the coronavirus in New York, also known as COVID-19. Currently, there is a travel ban to New York for Canadians. To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Canada and the U.S. agreed to close their shared land border to non-essential traffic. There’s no end date for this ban known yet. This page is updated daily, so as soon as this situation changes, you’ll read it here. Which sights in New York are open and what are the possible adjustments? Below you find an overview of the current situation in New York.

Current status COVID-19 in New York (last updated on: January 22, 2021)

At the start of the pandemic, New York was one of the hardest-hit cities in the US. The city was in lockdown for over two months in an attempt to stop the virus. This has been relatively successful, New York is currently one of the places with the lowest infection rate. But of course, the virus is still lurking, and various measures are still in place to prevent a new spread as much as possible. In the table below you find all up to date info about the New York attractions and the measurements that they are taking.

Up to date information
Major attractions
Empire State BuildingOpen daily from 11:00 to 23:00. Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.
Top of the RockOpen daily from 13:00 to 21:00.
One World ObservatoryOpen Saturdays and Sundays and some extra days.
Edge Observation DeckOpen daily from 12:00 to 20:00.
Statue of LibertyOpen. Outside areas and museum open.
Ellis IslandOpen
The VesselOpen daily from 11:00 to 19:00.
Central ParkOpen
Governors IslandOpen. Timed-entry ticket required.
Bike rentals and toursOpen. Tours in small groups, mouth masks required.
High Line ParkOpen. Timed-entry ticket required.
Circle Line CruisesClosed for the winter, will reopen in the spring.
Grand Central TerminalOpen
9/11 MemorialOpen daily from 13:00 to 20:00, designated entrance and exit locations.
Zoos & New York AquariumOpen
Madame TussaudsOpen Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00
The Rink at Bryant ParkOpen Skating needs to be booked per timed session.
Hop-on Hop-off Buses
Big BusOnly Uptown and Downtown loops, running as a continuous circuit
Major Museums
The MetOpen
American Museum of Natural HistoryOpen
9/11 MuseumOpen
NBA (New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets)Continued without audience
MLB (New York Yankees, New York Mets)Continued without audience
NHL (New York Rangers)Continued without audience
BroadwayReopening May 31
New York City BalletFall season and The Nutcracker cancelled
The Metropolitan Opera20-21 season cancelled
Public transportationRegular schedule, subway closed for cleaning between 1:00 and 5:00
Woodbury CommonOpen
Empire OutletsOpen
RestaurantsIndoor dining banned. Outdoor dining allowed.

Cancelling New York trip because of coronavirus

If you are traveling during the travel ban period and your trip has been canceled due to the coronavirus travel ban, you must rebook your flight and hotel. If you have booked discount passes, shows, or tours, you can contact the provider for their cancellation policy.

If you’re planning to book a trip to New York during COVID-19 but are unsure if the trip can actually take place, I recommend that you include some securities. For example, when purchasing the discount passes Sightseeing Flex and Sightseeing Day Pass, you can add cancellation insurance for a small percentage of the order amount. You can then cancel the passes free of charge. When purchasing Broadway tickets through my site you can opt for flex tickets. This allows you to cancel or rebook free of charge up to ten days before the show. To avoid public transport you can take a taxi service from and to JFK, Newark, and LGA airport. Reserve your transfer to New York in advance, to make sure that your preferred transfer is booked. For the most up-to-date information about your flights to and from New York, it is best to contact your airline.

More information about coronavirus in New York

If you are in New York and you have questions about the coronavirus, call 311 from a landline. This is the general information number for the city of New York. Do you feel sick or are you worried about certain symptoms? Then contact a local doctor. Your hotel can help you with this.

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