Coronavirus in New York

Coronavirus in New York

The situation of the coronavirus in New York is changing daily. This page contains up-to-date information about the COVID-19 situation and regulations in New York. 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: January 24th 2022)

Due to the Omicron variant and to fight the winter surge, testing in New York is increased. Vaccinated people no longer have to wear a mask outside and do not have to keep their distance from each other. However, it is strongly recommended to wear a mask inside, even if you are vaccinated. A lot of New Yorkers do this. I see also a lot of stores are requesting customers to wear their masks. Therefore always bring a mask with you. In public transport, everyone must wear a face mask.

For indoor dining and entertainment in New York, such as concert venues, museums and observations decks, everyone 12 years and older is required to show proof of full vaccination. You’re fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccine, after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or after any “mix-and-match” combination. Your official vaccination record must include your personal and vaccination details. Children between the age of 5 and 11 are also required to show proof of vaccination with at least one dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

New regulations from January 28th, 2022: children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination for indoor dining and entertainment.

Up to date information
General rules
Face masks Masks are mandatory in public transportation and many indoor places. Also children under 12 need to wear a mask in most indoor settings.
Vaccination required to travel to the USA Yes, a WHO approved vaccination is required for everyone 18 years and older.
COVID-19 test required to travel to the USA Yes, COVID test is required for everyone 2 years and older. COVID test cannot be older than 24 hours.
Vaccine mandate People 5 and older must show proof of vaccination for indoor dining and entertainment. This includes indoor venues like restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cafes, fast food, theatres, venues, museums, zoos and sports arenas.
Public transportation Regular schedule. Masks are required for everyone when riding public transportation.
Major attractions
Empire State Building Open daily Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.
Top of the Rock Open daily
One World Observatory Open daily Open most days, check here.
Edge Observation Deck Open daily
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Open. Outside areas and museum open.
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
Circle Line Cruises Open
Grand Central Terminal Open
9/11 Memorial Open daily designated entrance and exit locations.
Zoos & New York Aquarium Open
Madame Tussauds Open
Hop-on Hop-off Buses
Big Bus Only Uptown and Downtown loops
Major Museums
MoMA Open daily
The Met Open most days
American Museum of Natural History Open most days Timed reservation required, also with a discount pass.
Guggenheim Open most days
9/11 Museum Open most days
Sports
MLB (New York Yankees, New York Mets) Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or full COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required.
NBA (New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets) Limited capacity and regulations in place. Full COVID-19 vaccination required.
NHL (New York Rangers) Limited capacity and regulations in place. Full COVID-19 vaccination required.
NFL (New York Giants, New York Jets) Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or full COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required.
Performances
Broadway Full COVID-19 vaccination required. Everyone in your party needs to bring identification.
New York City Ballet Full COVID-19 vaccination required. Everyone in your party needs to bring identification.
The Metropolitan Opera Full COVID-19 vaccination required. A booster shot is required for all those eligible to receive it.
Shops
Macy's Open
Woodbury Common Open
Empire Outlets Open
Restaurants Indoor dining: full vaccination required for everyone ages 12 and up, and 1 dose required for children 5 to 11. Outdoor dining: no requirements. Full capacity.

Cancelling New York trip because of coronavirus

If you are travelling during the travel ban period and your trip has been cancelled 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 during COVID-19 but are unsure if the trip can actually take place, 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. 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. If you need to take a COVID-19 test in New York, you can do this at dozens of places in the city for free.

Do I need to get a corona test for New York?

Yes, a COVID test is required for everyone 2 years and older. The COVID test cannot be older than 24 hours.

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

Yes, you can! Check the up to date overview here of open attractions during the 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 here for all info about COVID-19 in NYC.

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