Travel, Large Gatherings and Quarantines
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Travel

If you recently traveled to these areas of concern and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others. Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Large Gatherings

Public health experts agree large gatherings with people making sustained close contact are a place where the novel coronavirus can easily infect many people quickly and continue its spread. 

  • New York State remains on PAUSE through April 29th requiring all non-essential workers to stay home and bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
  • Governor Cuomo also announced the state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. The Governor reminded localities that they have the authority to enforce the protocols.
  • All restaurants and bars shall only serve food and beverages for take-out, delivery or drive-through. All casino and video lottery gaming must cease operations.
  • All gyms, fitness centers and classes, and movie theaters are closed.
  • All places of public amusement must be closed, such as amusement parks, carnivals, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play center, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, and family and children’s attractions. 

Exceptions are being made for essential services, such as pharmacies, hospitals, public buildings, mass transit, grocery stores, and retail stores. 

For more detailed information about essential businesses please visit https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

Quarantines

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 China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

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. Has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy while COVID-19 was prevalent, but is not displaying symptoms.
  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.