New York Reopening Update: New Restaurant Capacities Announced, New Guidance for Events, and Travel Advisory Lifted

Date: March 16, 2021

Governor Cuomo announced that New York City restaurants can expand indoor dining capacity to 50% beginning March 19th. Currently, New York City restaurants are limited to 35% capacity. Restaurants outside of New York City can expand capacity to 75% beginning March 19th, up from the current capacity limit of 50%. All other COVID-19 restrictions and protocols are still in place. The New York State guidelines for restaurants are available here.

Governor Cuomo also announced that large gatherings and events can resume statewide. Venues are restricted to 50% capacity and up to 150 people for indoor gatherings, attendees must have proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, and venues must have COVID-19 safety protocols in place such as social distancing, sign-in sheets, etc. For New York State’s detailed guidance and COVID-19 protocols, click here.

Effective April 1st, domestic travelers will no longer need to quarantine after entering New York from another state. The New York State Dept. of Health still recommends quarantine after traveling as a precaution. The quarantine requirements remain in effect for international travelers.

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