What you need to know about the Covid-19 health crisis in New York

As you know, Covid-19 is already everywhere in the world. It affects our daily lives and the lives of New Yorkers too.
I will be updating the information I share here so that you are aware of what is happening in the city, and what might happen in the future.

Who’s managing the crisis in New York?

In the United States, it is the governors of each state who manage and create laws and rules.
For New York State, it is Andrew Cuomo. He is a Democrat, so he often disagrees with President Trump (a Republican).
Bill de Blasio is the mayor of New York City. Let’s say that Cuomo and de Blasio are not the best friends in the world and have a few feuds going on. They are from the same party, but with different opinions and branches. However, because of his position as Governor, Cuomo has more power and he decides on what happens in NYC.


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Have they implemented lockdown measures in New York?

Since March 22, 2020, the State of New York, and consequently New York City, has implemented a quarantine measure. The period named “New York State on Pause” was extended to May 28, 2020. If the City of New York meets Cuomo criteria, the measure could end before May 28.
The inhabitants can go out as they wish, but they must respect the basic rules of social distancing. If in the beginning many people kept on going out, we can say that now the measure seems more respected. The city seems empty now. This is what our photographer Johnny filmed the other day:

What is open in the city?

Many places remain closed during the quarantine: bars, restaurants, hotels, tourist monuments, museums, cinemas, theaters… as well as schools and universities.

The main tourist places are closed:
– Statue of Liberty: closed
– Ellis Island: closed
– One World Observatory: closed
– 9/11 Memorial: closed
– High Line: closed
– The Vessel: closed
– Edge Observation Deck: closed
– Museums (MoMA, MET, Intrepid, Whitney…): closed
– Circle Line: closed
– Empire State Building: closed
– Grand Central Terminal: open
– Top of the Rock: closed
– Central Park: open
– Hop On Hop Off tours: closed
– Broadway musicals: suspended
– NBA, MLB, NHL games: suspended
Public transport remains open, but with less frequency.


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What are the consequences for your trip to New York?

I have another article on this matter, you can find it here:
Covid 19: What are the consequences for your trip to New York City?


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When should we be able to go to New York City?

Very good question!
It is very difficult to know at the moment. First of all, each of our Countries and States is implementing its own solutions against the pandemic. And most importantly, we are waiting for the US to fix the situation and let us cross their borders again.


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I hope this Covid-19 pandemic is affecting you as little as possible. It’s better to lose a trip than life.
I don’t want to start a debate, I just want to keep you informed, wish you to be patient and strong. Be careful if you go out there.
I keep working and updating my articles on NYCTT. I am here for any questions you might have. Check my social networks where I try to distract you from bad news 😉


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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