Coronavirus in New York

Coronavirus in New York

This page contains up to date information about the coronavirus in New York, also known as COVID-19. Currently, there is a travel warning for the United States for tourists and a travel ban to New York from Australia, with few exceptions. There’s no end date for this ban known yet. This page is updated daily, so as soon as this situation changes, you’ll read it here. Which sights in New York are open and what are the possible adjustments? Below you’ll find an overview of the current situation in New York.

Current status COVID-19 in New York (last updated on: October 27th 2020)

At the start of the pandemic, New York was one of the hardest hit cities in the US. The city was in lockdown for over two months in an attempt to stop the virus. This has been relatively successful, New York is currently one of the places with the lowest infection rate. But of course, the virus is still lurking, and various measures are still in place to prevent a new spread as much as possible. In the table below you find all up to date info about the New York attractions and the measurements they are taking.

Up to date information
Major attractions
Empire State Building Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00. Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.
Top of the Rock Open daily from 13:00 to 21:00.
One World Observatory Closed
Edge Observation Deck Open daily from 12:00 to 20:00.
Statue of Liberty Open. Outside areas and museum open.
Ellis Island Open
The Vessel Open daily from 11:00 to 19:00.
Central Park Open
Governors Island Open. Timed-entry ticket required.
Bike rentals and tours Open. Tours in small groups, mouth masks required.
High Line Park Open. Timed-entry ticket required.
Circle Line Cruises Open. Running the Landmarks, Best of NYC and Harbor Lights Cruises. All cruises once per day, six days per week (no cruises on Tuesday).
Grand Central Terminal Open
9/11 Memorial Open daily from 13:00 to 20:00, designated entrance and exit locations.
Zoos & New York Aquarium Open
Madame Tussauds Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 16:00
Hop-on Hop-off Buses
Big Bus Only Uptown and Downtown loops, running as a continuous circuit
Major Museums
MoMA Open
The Met Open
American Museum of Natural History Open
Guggenheim Open
9/11 Museum Open
Sports
NBA (New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets) Continued without audience
MLB (New York Yankees, New York Mets) Continued without audience
NHL (New York Rangers) Continued without audience
New York Marathon Cancelled
Performances
Broadway Reopening May 31
New York City Ballet Fall season and The Nutcracker cancelled
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Cancelled
Public transportation Regular schedule, subway closed for cleaning between 1:00 and 5:00
Shops
Macy's Open
Woodbury Common Open
Empire Outlets Open
Restaurants Outdoor dining allowed. Indoor dining with 25% capacity. Possible surcharge of up to 10% as a recovery support measure.

Cancelling New York trip because of coronavirus

If you are traveling during the travel ban period and your trip has been canceled due to the coronavirus travel ban, you must rebook your flight and hotel. If you have booked discount passes, shows, or tours, you can contact the provider for their cancellation policy.

If you’re planning to book a trip to New York but are unsure if the trip can actually take place because of COVID-19, I recommend that you include some securities. For example, when purchasing the discount passes Sightseeing Flex and Sightseeing Day Pass, you can add cancellation insurance for a small percentage of the order amount. You can then cancel the passes free of charge. When purchasing Broadway tickets through my site you can opt for flex tickets. This allows you to cancel or rebook free of charge up to ten days before the show. To avoid public transportation you can take a taxi service from and to JFK, Newark, and LGA airport. Reserve your transfer to New York in advance, to make sure that your preferred transfer is booked. For the most up-to-date information about your flights to and from New York, it is best to contact your airline.

More information about corona in New York

If you are in New York and you have questions about the coronavirus, call 311 from a landline. This is the general information number for the city of New York. Do you feel sick or are you worried about certain symptoms? Then contact a local doctor. Your hotel can help you with this.

Can I visit attractions in New York during COVID-19?

Yes, you can! Check the up to date overview of open attractions during the coronavirus in New York coronavirus in New York pandemic.

Am I insured if I get corona in New York?

Check the conditions of your travel and/or medical insurance before you go to see what's covered when you get corona in New York.

Do I need to quarantine during or after my New York trip?

Check with your airline if there are any quarantine regulations for New York at this moment. See the up to date coronavirus in New York information for all info about COVID-19 in NYC.

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