Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted all state-mandated coronavirus restrictions after 70% of adult New Yorkers had received at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19.
On July 28, Cuomo announced his administration is reviewing the possibility to reverse the mask wearing lifting.
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July 28 – Governor Cuomo “seriously considering” to reverse indoor mask wearing lifting in New York.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that everyone, even fully vaccinated people should start wearing face masks again after noticing that not only unvaccinated but also vaccinated people are spreading the Delta variant.
Earlier today, Gov. Cuomo told a business group his administration is still reviewing the recommendation but that local governments reporting high levels of transmission should “seriously consider” adopting the recommendation.
He also announced that New York state employees should be fully vaccinated by September 6 or will face “aggressive testing requirements”.
July 15 – COVID-19 cases surge in New York but the city is still safe
New York City is experiencing a notable increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the last couple of weeks. Most of the new infections have been reported in neighborhoods with low vaccination rates, according to official data.
With more than 400 new cases per day, the positivity rate went from 0.6 percent to 1.3 percent in only 2 weeks.
On July 14, the New York Health Department said that 98.8% of the 8,163 people who have lost their lives to the virus in 2021 were not vaccinated.
According to a Yale University study, vaccinations have “prevented about 250,000 COVID-19 cases, 44,000 hospitalizations and 8,300 deaths in the city.”
As for now, the city will not introduce further restrictions.
April 21 – Auto and horse races to allow spectators from April 22.
Effective April 22, auto and horse races will be allowed to reopen at 20% capacity. As in other professional competitions, spectators need to agree to a series of biosecurity measures. As of now, attendees must bring proof of a “recent” negative COVID-19 test result or their vaccination certificates. Face masks and social distancing is mandatory at these events.
But this is not the only good news, starting April 19 bars and restaurants are allowed to open until midnight and catered events until 01:00 a.m., as announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“We’re continuing to fight the pandemic each and every day, and the vaccine—the weapon that will win the war—is working,” added the Governor.
April 7 – NYC reopens tourist venues after a year of closure
Earlier today, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the reopening of the city’s 14 miles of public beaches and all outdoor pools for the spring/summer season.
Eight beaches on “Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Rockaway Beach in Queens; Orchard Beach in the Bronx; and Midland, South, Cedar Grove and Wolfe’s Pond Park beaches on Staten Island” will reopen on May 29. Public pools will reopen on June 26 in all 5 counties. However, multiple COVID-19 precautions and restrictions will apply at those places according to De Blasio.
Current COVID situation in New York State
New York has reported 2,138,250 cases and 53,236 deaths.
Below, the most affected counties over the last 7 days.
What can tourists do in New York City now?
Outdoor activities like riding a bike, walking through a park, or just strolling around the city are safe as long as unvaccinated visitors avoid overcrowded areas and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
New York’s Health Care System and Response Capacity
When it comes to medical service in the United States people get what they pay for. Extensively documented research has shown that black and Latino communities are not only more likely than white people to be exposed to COVID-19, require hospitalization, but also die due to the medical facilities and inadequate equipment at the hospitals they have access to.
On the other hand, at the private medical centers in Manhattan, Patients have access to cutting edge technology, specialized drugs and around the clock care. Most of these patients, however, have some of the best insurance plans that cover COVID-19 treatments.
For foreigners who have insurance that covers COVID, it is strongly recommended to double-check with the insurance broker to what extent they will be covered in case they get sick. Many of these companies have multiple “only if” restrictions on their plans.