Coronavirus in New York
Currently due to the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, from the 24th March 2020 the Australian Prime Minister has announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.
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 are travelling afterwards and afraid that you will have to cancel your trip to New York because of the coronavirus, I recommend that you include some securities. For example, when purchasing the discount passes Sightseeing Flex and Sightseeing Day Pass, you can add a 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. For the most up-to-date information about your flights to and from New York, it is best to contact your airline.
Current status in New York (last updated on: June 1st 2020)
New York City has declared a state of emergency to manage the current situation. As a consequence large event spaces like Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall will not be hosting events in the upcoming months. All Broadway shows are suspended and events like parades and sporting events will be suspended or canceled. Also smaller venues, movie theatres and nightclubs must close starting Tuesday March 17. Restaurants, bars and cafes will only serve food take-out and delivery. All non-essential businesses have been closed and all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size are temporarily banned. Everyone is required to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in public and should wear a face mask covering when going out in public. New York City can slowly start reopening when reopening criteria are met that are specified by the State of New York.
- Major attractions:
- Central Park open
- Grand Central Station open
- The Vessel: closed
- Circle Line Cruises suspended
- High Line Park closed
- Statue of Liberty closed
- Empire State Building closed
- Edge Observation Deck closed
- 9/11 Memorial closed
- Top of the Rock closed
- One World Observatory closed
- Macy’s closed
- Woodbury Common closed
- Hop-on Hop-off Buses:
- Big Bus Uptown/Downtown suspended
- Brooklyn/Harlem suspended
- Major museums: closed
- Sports games:
- NBA (New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets) suspended
- MLB (New York Yankees, New York Mets) suspended
- NHL (New York Rangers) suspended
- Broadway musicals and other performances: suspended until 7th of September 2020
- Public transportation: irregular
- Subway: closed between 1:00 and 5:00
- Boroughs and neighbourhoods: accessible
- Several streets open to pedestrians (car free)
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.