Mar 11, 2021 - Health

New York to end mandatory quarantine for domestic travelers

Andrew Cuomo wears a jacket and a face mask

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a vaccination site on March 8 in New York. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York beginning on April 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Thursday.

Why it matters: New York, like several other states, is easing coronavirus restrictions as new infections and hospitalizations continue to decline.

Driving the news: Cuomo allowed restaurants in New York to increase indoor dining to 50% capacity starting March 19, with the same restrictions being lifted in New Jersey, per the New York Times. New York City high schools will reopen for in-person learning on March 22.

Details: Everyone traveling into New York is still advised to monitor for coronavirus symptoms for two weeks, wear face masks, wash their hands, and immediately self-isolate if any coronavirus symptoms develop.

  • The state's quarantine order for international travelers remains in effect.

What he's saying: "This is great news, but it is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down," Cuomo said in a statement.

  • "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."
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