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: October 27, 2020)
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|
|Empire State Building||Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00. Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.|
|Top of the Rock||Open daily from 13:00 to 21:00.|
|One World Observatory||Closed|
|Edge Observation Deck||Open daily from 12:00 to 20:00.|
|Statue of Liberty||Open. Outside areas and museum open.|
|The Vessel||Open daily from 11:00 to 19:00.|
|Governors Island||Open. Timed-entry ticket required.|
|Bike rentals and tours||Open. Tours in small groups, mouth masks required.|
|High Line Park||Open. Timed-entry ticket required.|
|Circle Line Cruises||Open. Running the Landmarks, Best of NYC and Harbor Lights Cruises. All cruises once per day, six days per week (no cruises on Tuesday).|
|Grand Central Terminal||Open|
|9/11 Memorial||Open daily from 13:00 to 20:00, designated entrance and exit locations.|
|Zoos & New York Aquarium||Open|
|Madame Tussauds||Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 16:00|
|Hop-on Hop-off Buses|
|Big Bus||Only Uptown and Downtown loops, running as a continuous circuit|
|American Museum of Natural History||Open|
|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|
|New York Marathon||Cancelled|
|Broadway||Reopening May 31|
|New York City Ballet||Fall season and The Nutcracker cancelled|
|Radio City Christmas Spectacular||Cancelled|
|Public transportation||Regular schedule, subway closed for cleaning between 1:00 and 5:00|
|Restaurants||Outdoor dining allowed. Indoor dining with 25% capacity. Possible surcharge of up to 10% as a recovery support measure.|
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 but are unsure if the trip can actually take place because of COVID-19, 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.