New York City is in Phase 4 of opening. So what does that mean?
Indoor dining has resumed, with restaurants now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Of course, outdoor dining is still available and plentiful, and with warmer weather upon us, preferable!
Botanical gardens, museums, gyms and zoos are open. Movie theaters, pool halls, indoor entertainment centers and indoor arts, entertainment and events venues (Broadway!) have also reopened at limited capacity, as well as outdoor amusement parks (Coney Island!)
As for sports, indoor arenas are allowed to operate at 10 percent capacity, with fans needing to war masks and test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of the event. Outdoor arenas and performing arts venues can operate at 20 percent capacity.
Quarantine periods for domestic travelers entering the state are no longer required (although it remains recommended for those not fully vaccinated). Travelers from out of state--except those coming from New York's contiguous states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont) must fill out a traveler health form. Guests coming from another country must test negative for the coronavirus within three days before their departure from home or provide documentation that they have recovered from COVID within the past three months; they must also fill out the health form upon arrival. Upon arrival, these travelers must quarantine for seven days, with a test three to five days after arrival. (Should they choose not to be tested, they must quarantine for ten days.) Tests here are plentiful and convenient!
What a difference a year makes...all in all, a major improvement!
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