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New York Ending Much Of Its Travel Quarantine

by SharonKurheg

For a time, New York had the distinction of having the most COVID-related cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the country. However thanks to strong mandates, their numbers have significantly decreased over time.

The state has been slowly easing indoor dining restrictions (it’s now 75% in New York State and 35% in New York City) and recently announced a timeline to allow theme parks and certain entertainment venues to reopen, albeit with attendance caps in place.

Statewide hospitalizations have continued to decrease and the average daily positivity rate in the past month has been 3.44% (that’s about 1/10 of its all-time high).

With millions of people in the U.S. getting vaccinated each day and COVID numbers going in the right direction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that effective April 1st, domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or territory.

“Our fight in the war against COVID-19 continues, but we are encouraged by the decrease in infection and hospitalization rates and the rise in vaccinations,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we expand our vaccine distribution and celebrate the arrival of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, we have never been closer to defeating this beast once and for all. It is critical that New Yorkers not succumb to COVID fatigue and remain vigilant. Until the day the war is won, we all need to continue the practices we know work—washing hands, social distancing, and masking up. The numbers are a reflection of our actions and when we work together, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

It’s noted that isolation requirements for international travelers will continue.

Though the quarantine mandate for domestic travelers will end, New York state health officials will continue to recommend quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. All travelers will still need to complete the state’s traveler form, as well as adhere to COVID safety guidelines as issued by the state and federal authorities:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, even if fully vaccinated
  • Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has not always been a fan of the governor’s decisions, says Cuomo didn’t tell him about this upcoming change before it was publicly announced. He doesn’t sound happy about the decision that will soon affect his city.

“I don’t know if that’s the state’s idea of an April Fool’s joke but it is absolutely the wrong thing to do. It’s reckless and it doesn’t help us with our recovery,” the mayor said.

“I believe in local control, and here’s another case where New York City was not consulted,” he continued. “Even though we are one of the biggest cities in the world and 43% of the state’s population, we were not consulted.”

The head of NYC Health + Hospitals and the mayor’s senior public health adviser also agree that limiting incoming travel was a key component of reducing viral spread, especially with so many members of the population still waiting for their vaccinations.

As of late last week, New York State had administered at least one dose to more than 4 million people – that’s about a third of the 12 million currently eligible and roughly 20.4% of the state’s population. More than 2 million people (10.4% of the state’s population) are fully vaccinated.

In New York City, 1.5 million people (17.9% of the population) have gotten at least one dose, while nearly 718,000 (8.5% of the city’s population) are now fully vaccinated.

Andrew Cuomo’s announcement doesn’t mention a vaccination requirement.

Said de Blasio, “The introduction of the virus from outside has been one of the biggest and toughest X factors in this whole crisis and something we worry about very much going forward.”

Feature Photo: Famartin // Wikimedia Commons

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Mak March 16, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Alternate explanation: Cuomo is facing multiple sexual harassment scandals a major corruption scandal which resulted in massive loss of life by forcing nursing homes to accept Covid positive patients, and a coverup scandal relating to the later. He is besieged and facing impeachment. He never had any basis or authority for his prior quarantine decrees, and operated from a position of unbridled emergency powers and unwarranted public trust.

Those days are gone. Unable to justify these measures on any legal or factual basis, and unable to enforce them by brute force and intimidation, he instead quietly dropped them. The idea that any sort of travel restrictions could end a virus that was already spreading in New York was always folly, and still is.

SharonKurheg March 16, 2021 - 12:53 pm

OR…virus numbers are going down and he, like other states, is OK with opening things up.

Mak March 16, 2021 - 2:07 pm

Anything is possible but a strange and sudden U-Turn from castigating governors of other states like Florida, Texas, and even his recent swipes at Connecticut for supposedly opening “too soon.” He has given us much reason – very much reason! – to doubt his sincerity and to be highly circumspect at his stated motivations.

George March 16, 2021 - 6:00 pm

NY has the second words # of deaths per million IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

Their governor is going to get impeached for his crimes.
The had, by the math, only a worst response than New Jersey.

Their ‘mandates’ did nothing except to hurt the most people.

Please stop peddling a false narrative.

48 other states did better than New York.
New York did awful, just awful. There is no way to sugarcoat this if you believe in math, or science.


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