New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Thursday that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another state or U.S. territory starting April 1. While no longer required, the New York State Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution.
With that said, mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. Additionally, all travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread (including wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings).
In a statement from his office, 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.”
He added that this “is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down. To beat this virus once and for all we all must continue doing what we know works to stop the spread, including wearing masks, washing our hands and practicing social distancing."
Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 or returning from travel must:
- 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, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated)
- Must 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