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.

Updated on October 27

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.

There were two press conferences in New York on May 28, 2020:
Mayor de Blasio: he said that the contamination figures are down and that’s reassuring. However, the indicators are not reached to reopen everything. He adds that he does not want to rush the measures and avoid that these two months at home were useless.
The preparation for Phase 1 is underway but not scheduled yet (opening of stores, for example, with online orders to be collected on-site), and instructions are being put in place (hygiene, social distancing), and measures for non-compliance with the rules (fines).
For the moment, he does not decide on any date, he said it could be in the first or second week of June. It will depend on the metrics required to begin reopening
The press release is available on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nycgov/status/1266002582297817088
Governor Cuomo’s: his remarks are about NY State seeming to be getting better. For NYC, he prefers to take precautions because the city is dense, and for the moment, the figures are not yet good enough to reopen everything. He insists, especially on wearing a mask, maintaining distances, and the importance of being tested.
He has thus put in place an executive order authorizing businesses to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.
The press release is available here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-authorizing-businesses

May 29, 2020, at 4.47pm:
New York City will enter phase one of reopening on June 8, 2020.

June 17, 2020, at 4.00pm:
New York City will enter phase two of reopening on June 22, 2020.

June 24, 2020: List of States updated on October 27.
Cuomo announced that all individuals traveling to NY, NJ, or CT from listed states with significant community spread of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for a 14-day period upon arrival.
For the moment, it applies to anyone traveling from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Those traveling from one of these States must fill out a form so that the New York authorities can ensure that visitors are respecting the quarantine measures.

More info Travel Health Form

July 1, 2020:
Cuomo indicates that NYC will enter phase 3 reopening on July 6th. However, restaurants will not be able to offer indoor service..
Info: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

July 17, 2020:
New York City is set to enter Phase 4 of reopening, concerning media production, low-risk outdoor entertainment, professional sports competitions (without fans), and more.
Info: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries

September 25, 2020:
Indoor dining will be permitted in New York city on September 30. Health and safety protocols include:
– 25% occupancy limit,
– temperature checks at the door
– masks must be worn at all times when not seated at a table
– tables must be six feet apart
Read Cuomo announcement here.

September 29, 2020
Cuomo’s Executive order September 2020.
Travelers arriving in New York from Level 2 and Level 3 countries must complete a 14-day quarantine and fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health form.

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: partial reopening of the grounds of the Statue of Liberty since July 20.
– Ellis Island: closed
– One World Observatory: open with strict conditions
– 9/11 Memorial: open (museum remains closed)
– High Line: open since July 16. More info.
– The Vessel: opening on September 2
– Edge Observation Deck: opening on September 2
– Museums (MoMA, MET, Intrepid, Whitney…): closed, however, they can reopen on August 24.

  Museum reopening dates

The list will be updated as we go along. For the moment the openings are official for the following museums:
Museum of the City of New York : August 27
MoMA: August 27
American Folk Art Museum: August 28
MET: August 29
Whitney Museum: September 3
American Museum of Natural History: September 9
The Bronx Museum of Art: September 9
FDNY Fire Museum: September 9
Ripley’s Believe it or Not: September 10
DiMenna Children’s History Museum: outdoor exhibition open, reopening for September 11
9/11 Museum: September 12
Museo del Barrio: September 12
Brooklyn Museum: September 12
Cloisters : September 12
Museum of Jewish Heritage: Sptember 13
New Museum : September 15
Museum of Arts and Design: September 17
Noguchi Museum: September 27
Tenement Museum : mid-September
Guggenheim Museum: October 3

– Circle Line Cruises: open
– Empire State Building: will open on July 20 (More info)
– Top of the Rock: open
– Central Park: open
– Hop On Hop Off tours: closed
– Governors Island: open since July 15 (more info)
– Broadway musicals: suspended until May 30 2021. More info.
– NBA, MLB, NHL games: No public allowed to games. More info.
New York Botanical Garden: open
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!

2 commentaires

  1. Dianne says:
    Thanks for the opening updates. Keep them coming!

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