Critical Alert

Officials in New York State, US, update COVID-19-related travel advisory list as of Oct. 7. Some local restrictions tightened.

Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 03:08 PM UTC
Alert Expires 14 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New York State
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions


As of Oct. 7, authorities in New York State updated the list of states and territories from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival, as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the most recent update, New Mexico has been added to the list, and no states have been removed.

All individuals entering New York from any state or territory that has higher than 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents or a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

As of Oct. 7, travelers from the following states and territories must self-quarantine for two weeks:


  • Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

The list of impacted states is revised and updated every week. All international travelers entering the state from a designated Level 2 or 3 country, which is defined as an area with a positivity rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or higher than a 10-percent positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Authorities in New York City have established COVID-19 traveler checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure out-of-state travelers are complying with state quarantine requirements. State officers have also been deployed to all airports throughout New York, ensuring travelers are following the guidance and completing the state's traveler form upon arrival. Buses going to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may be stopped by officers to give travelers contact forms due to the uptick in travel-related COVID-19 cases. Travelers entering New York by train or car must complete the traveler form online.

Business restrictions mostly remain unchanged. All regions in New York have moved to Phase 4 of the state's economic recovery plan, enabling some arts and entertainment businesses to open, as well as permitting social gatherings of up to 50 people. However, in New York City, indoor malls remain closed and cultural events remain prohibited; indoor dining is allowed at 25-percent capacity and indoor pools may open at 33-percent capacity. Stricter measures will be in place to address COVID-19 clusters in areas of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, and Broome, Orange, and Rockland counties as of Oct. 7. The tighter measures will include restrictions on mass gatherings, businesses, and school operations. As a prerequisite to reopening, individual regions in New York must meet seven specific milestones with criteria established as indicators of local capabilities to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Previous phases of reopening in New York have lifted restrictions on some low-risk businesses and services, such as landscaping, gardening, drive-in movie theaters, tennis courts, public pools, recreational vehicle parks, campgrounds, veterinarian offices, and dental practices. Professional sports teams are also allowed to resume training camps statewide; however, spectators remain prohibited. Graduation ceremonies with up to 150 attendants in outdoor locations are allowed.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare 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 facemasks when in public and whenever they cannot adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

Transport and business disruptions remain likely. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.


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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