Travel, Large Gatherings and Quarantines

International Travelers

On September 28, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order reminding international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and 3 countries to quarantine and fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health form to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as countries across the globe experience alarming second waves of the virus. 

The Commissioner of Health will expand his Emergency Health Order which authorizes the imposition of civil penalties if individuals refuse to fill out the required form. 

Since March 2020, New York State has required a mandatory quarantine for any traveler entering New York from a Level 2 or Level 3 country - that's all but 31 countries on the globe. 

The 31 countries/territories NOT subject to the Governor's executive order and mandatory quarantine requirement are listed below:

American Samoa
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands
Isle of Man
Macau SAR
Marshall Islands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Sint Eustatius

Large Gatherings

Social Gatherings: Indoor and outdoor gatherings statewide at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people beginning Friday, November 13, at 10 p.m. Existing non-essential gathering limits are in effect otherwise.

Masks & Face Coverings: Individuals must wear face coverings when they are in a public and are: within six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.


Local Health Departments (LHDs)  must utilize the following definitions in determining whether or not to institute a mandatory or precautionary quarantine: 

Mandatory Quarantine

  1. Person has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.
  2. Person has traveled to a CDC levels 2, 3 and 4 under the COVID risk assessment. 

Mandatory Isolation

  1. Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19. 
  2. LHDs must immediately issue an order for Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation once notified, which shall be served on the person impacted. 

Precautionary Quarantine- Person meets one or more of the following criteria: 

  1. Person has traveled to a CDC levels 2, 3 and 4 under the COVID risk assessment.
  2. Proximate exposure to a positive person but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms. 

Any person the Local Health Department believes should be quarantined that is not addressed through the interim guidelines, should contact the Department of Health.

Read the interim guidance for details on shelter requirements and minimum contacts.

Phased Reopening

Each region reopened businesses in phases, with at least two weeks in between each phase. This allowed state and local leaders to monitor the effects of the reopening and ensure hospitalization and infection rates were not increasing before moving to the next phase and permitting more economic activity.

For more detailed information about New York's reopening, visit New York Forward.

For more detailed information about essential businesses please visit