New York lifted its mandatory quarantine policy for domestic travelers. The move is part of the state’s “transition to a new normal in a post-pandemic world,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Before the change, which was announced by the governor’s office March 11, individuals who entered New York from other states or U.S. territories were required to quarantine for up to 14 days or test negative for COVID-19 within days of arrival.
Under the new policy, domestic travelers are only required to complete a health form and advised to voluntarily quarantine as a precaution.
While New York is opening up domestic travel, the state has not lifted restrictions on international travel. At this time, all international travelers are still required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
All domestic and international travelers are urged to wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash their hands. They should also monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after their last day of travel.
Individuals who develop coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and report their clinical status to their health care provider or local public health authority.
New York’s lift of domestic quarantine restrictions comes as the state is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 infections. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, infections rose by 64% across the state during the week of March 22-28, which was the largest increase in the nation.
However, New York’s overall infection rate has plummeted since the holidays, and the state’s vaccination program has been ramping up.
As of April 2, the state has administered 9,655,705 vaccine doses, according to the New York State Department of Health.
On March 30, New York opened up vaccinations to all residents age 30 and older. All residents age 16 and older will be eligible beginning April 6.
The easing of domestic travel restrictions and increasing vaccination numbers are welcome news to New York’s travel industry.
Peter Roth, general manager of Park Hyatt New York in Manhattan, told CBS2-TV that 80% of his guests are domestic travelers and unrestricted interstate movement will significantly boost his business.
“It’s a very, very important piece of the puzzle,” Roth said. “Every restriction that is lifted has a cumulative effect on how we are going to come back in New York City.”