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: April 20, 2021)
The vaccination process in New York is well underway. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all New York residents of 16 years and older. As of April 10th, 2021 asymptomatic travellers entering New York from another country are no longer required to quarantine and get tested after arrival, although quarantine is still recommended for all travellers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. The travel ban to New York from Canada is still in place, but people who are allowed to travel now don’t need to quarantine anymore and don’t have to get tested again in New York. In order to board airplanes heading to the US, a negative test is still needed.
|Up to date information|
|Face masks||Required in public when unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance. Required at all times when riding public transportation.|
|Empire State Building||Open daily from 13:00 to 22:00. Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.|
|Top of the Rock||Open daily from 13:00 to 21:00.|
|One World Observatory||Open Saturdays and Sundays and some extra days.|
|Edge Observation Deck||Open daily from 10:00 to 22:00.|
|Statue of Liberty||Open. Outside areas and museum open.|
|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|
|Grand Central Terminal||Open|
|9/11 Memorial||Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, designated entrance and exit locations.|
|Zoos & New York Aquarium||Open|
|Madame Tussauds||Open 11:00 to 17:00|
|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)||Limited capacity and regulations in place. Negative COVID test required.|
|MLB (New York Yankees, New York Mets)||Limited capacity and regulations in place. Negative COVID test required.|
|NHL (New York Rangers)||Limited capacity and regulations in place. Negative COVID test required.|
|Broadway||Reopening in Sep|
|New York City Ballet||20-21 season cancelled|
|The Metropolitan Opera||20-21 season cancelled|
|Public transportation||Regular schedule, subway closed for cleaning between 2:00 and 4:00|
|Restaurants||Outdoor dining allowed. Indoor dining with 50% capacity. Possible surcharge of up to 10% as a recovery support measure.|
Cancelling New York trip because of coronavirus
If you are travelling during the travel ban period and your trip has been cancelled 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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