Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in New York State, US, modify coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions July 1.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 05:42 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 01 Aug 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 have issued a new list of states subject to its mandatory quarantine measures as part of their effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of July 1, all individuals entering New York from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in those states. Additionally, hotels in New York must notify any guests arriving from affected states that they are to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

The list of states could change with little notice, as it is regularly updated by officials to ensure in includes all states having positive COVID-19 test rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rates of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average.

Other restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect. New York has implemented a multi-phase COVID-19 recovery plan. As of July 1, New York City is in Phase 2, Mid-Hudson and Long Island are in Phase 3, and all other regions are in Phase 4.

Under Phase 2 of the plan, in-person services at retail stores, office-based businesses, real estate companies, barbershops and hair salons, vehicle sales and rental businesses, and cleaning and repair businesses are allowed to reopen. Outdoor dining at restaurants is also permitted to resume.

Under Phase 3, indoor services at restaurants and other food establishments may resume at 50-percent capacity; personal care services may also reopen at 50-percent capacity. Low-risk youth sports will be allowed to resume July 6. Gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed.

Under Phase 4, some arts and entertainment businesses may reopen. Social gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and indoor religious services may resume so long as they do not exceed 33 percent of their normal maximum capacity.

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. Authorities have also lifted restrictions on some low-risk businesses and outdoor recreational activities statewide, including 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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