Planning a trip to the Big Apple? Or are you a New Yorker looking to take a trip and skip the quarantine on your way back into the city? New York’s mandated quarantine is ending April 1, 2021.
In the summer of 2020, New York mandated a two-week quarantine for anyone entering the state through domestic travel. Nearly a year later, Governor Cuomo announced this week that domestic travelers no longer will have to quarantine on their arrival. However, international travelers still must quarantine. And all travelers still have to fill out the traveler health form, which you receive at the airline. If you’re traveling by car or train, you can find the form online.
“New Yorkers have shown strength and perseverance throughout this entire pandemic, and it shows through the numbers that continue to decrease every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we work to build our vaccination infrastructure even further and get more shots in arms, we’re making significant progress in winning the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate, allowing us to open new sectors of our economy and start our transition to a new normal in a post-pandemic world.”
According to amNewYork, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said during his city hall briefing that he was “not consulted” by the governor on this decision.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that “more vaccines and better access to vaccine sites are on the way via a supercharge effort.” Congress recently passed the American Rescue Plan, which will include a massive rollout of vaccines.
According to the governor’s office, “this is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down.” They still must:
- Keep track of their symptoms for two weeks
- Continue to wash hands and wear a mask for two weeks (even if they’ve been vaccinated)
- Self-isolate if they contract symptoms and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider