Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: New York State, US, continues easing business restrictions, expands number of states on traveler quarantine list as of July 7.

  • Alert Begins: 07 Jul 2020 10:29 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 20 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New York State (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Authorities in New York State are continuing to ease business restrictions as part of their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan, while adding new states to their mandatory traveler quarantine list to limit any future spike of the virus. Beginning July 8, all regions, with the exception of New York City, will have moved to Phase 4 of the plan, enabling some arts and entertainment businesses to reopen, as well as social gatherings of up to 50 people to resume. New York City entered Phase 3 on July 6, allowing personal care services to reopen at 50-percent capacity, low-risk youth sports to resume, and gatherings of up to 25 people to take place; however, indoor dining at restaurants remains banned. As a prerequisite to reopening, individual regions in New York must meet seven specific criteria established as indicators of local capability to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Moreover, all individuals entering New York from any state that has a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Specific states affected by the directive as of July 7 are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. The list of impacted states could change with little to no notice.

Previous rounds of reopenings in New York have included lifting restrictions on some low-risk businesses and outdoor recreational activities statewide, such as landscaping, gardening, drive-in movie theaters, tennis courts, public pools, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds, and veterinarian and dental practices. Professional sports teams are also allowed to resume training camps statewide, though without spectators. Graduation ceremonies with up to 150 attendants in outdoor locations are allowed.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, health care providers, banks, fuel stations, transportation providers, construction companies, and manufacturers, have not been subject to mandatory COVID-19-related closures. Authorities require all persons, including essential workers, to wear protective masks when in public and whenever they cannot adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Transport and business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Heed the directives of the authorities. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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