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NYC COVID-19 / Coronavirus Thread - guidelines, key resources, timeline of key events

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This thread is specifically for discussion of COVID-19 / Coronavirus issues pertinent to NYC-area residents and visitors, and is subject to the following guidelines:

1) Keep discussions specific to NYC-area updates, restrictions, transit, travel, and personal considerations relevant to New Yorkers (e.g., apartment living)
2) This is not the place for general discussions of COVID-19, travel bans, or politics.
- For general discussions, see the new forum that was launched Mar 5: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/coro...s-travel-773/
- For political discussions, see the OMNI/PR thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/omni...lobal-gdp.html
3) Any posts that do not meet above guidelines will be summarily removed.

For related topical threads in the NYC Forum, see:
Experience with Quarantine Checks at flying into NYC airports
Protocols for connections at NYC airports during COVID (consolidated)
NY Quarantine - it's all changing!! [Test Out option as of Nov 4, 2020]
Policies for arriving in NYC area from a quarantine state
Where in NYC area to get a COVID destination approved test pre-flight? How early?

For general info outside of FlyerTalk, see:
NYC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (includes Information for Medical Providers)
NYC COVID-19 Data (includes link to Github with complete historical testing data, and Vaccination data)
NYS COVID-19 Tracker (NY Travel Advisory and "Test Out" Option)
NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Info (including Eligibility Tool and Vaccination data)
NYS Forward (restrictions by region)
NYS Excelsior Pass (confirms vaccination and testing status for venues requiring them for access)
NYC Return to School 2020-2021 (public school reopening info)
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (includes Cases in the U.S. and Information for Travel)
WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (includes daily Situation Reports)

For NYC updates from NY1, see:
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs...ronavirus-blog

Timeline of Key Events
3/07/20 - NY State declares Disaster Emergency (link)
3/12/20 - NYC declares State of Emergency (link)
3/16/20 - NYC Public Schools close (link)
3/22/20 - NY State closes all non-essential businesses as of 8pm (link, NY PAUSE) - restaurants may have take-out and delivery only
6/08/20 - NYC enters Phase 1 Reopening (industries) - restaurants may have take-out and delivery only
6/22/20 - NYC enters Phase 2 Reopening (industries) - restaurants may have outdoor dining only
6/25/20 - NY State establishes quarantine restrictions for travelers arriving in New York (executive order; current list)
7/06/20 - NYC enters Phase 3 Reopening (industries) - restaurants may have outdoor dining only
7/20/20 - NYC enters Phase 4 Reopening (industries) - restaurants may have outdoor dining only
8/17/20 - NYC bowling alleys may reopen (link)
8/24/20 - NYC museums & cultural centers may reopen (link)
9/02/20 - NYC gyms & fitness centers may reopen (link)
9/21/20 - NYC public schools begin in-person component of blended learning in Pre-K, 3-K, and District 75
9/29/20 - NYC public schools begin in-person component of blended learning in K-5 and K-8 schools
9/30/20 - NYC restaurants may resume indoor dining at 25% capacity (link)
10/1/20 - NYC public schools begin in-person component of blended learning in middle (6-8) and high schools (9-12)
10/6/20 - NY State closes public and private schools in hot-spot zip codes for 2 weeks (link)
11/4/20 - NY establishes "test out" option for travelers arriving from non-continguous states (link)
11/13/20 - NY State bars, restaurants with liquor licenses, gyms must close by 10pm nightly (link)
11/19/20 - NYC public schools close to in-person instruction for all students
12/7/20 - NYC public schools in grades 3-K, pre-K, K-5 reopen for in-person instruction
12/11/20 - U.S. FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (link)
12/14/20 - NY COVID-19 vaccinations begin
12/18/20 - U.S. FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (link)
1/11/21 - NY begins scheduling vaccinations in Phase 1B (link)
1/12/21 - NY expands vaccine eligibility to residents aged 75+ and certain other essential workers (link)
2/11/21 - NY lifts quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated individuals following close contact exposure (link)
2/12/21 - NYC restaurants may resume indoor dining at 25% capacity (link)
2/12/21 - NY State restaurants and bars may extend closing time to 11pm nightly (link)
2/15/21 - NY expands vaccine eligibility to those with certain comorbidities and underlying ocnditions (link)
2/25/21 - NYC public middle schools (grades 6-8) reopen for in-person instruction
2/26/21 - NYC restaurants may expand indoor dining to 35% capacity (link)
2/27/21 - U.S. FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine (link)
3/4/21 - NY lifts quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated individuals traveling domestically to New York
3/10/21 - NY expands vaccine eligibility to residents aged 60+ (link)
3/15/21 - NY wedding receptions and catered events may resume with restrictions (link)
3/17/21 - NY expands vaccine eligibility to government employees, non-profit workers, and essential building services workers (link)
3/19/21 - NYC restaurants may expand indoor dining to 50% capacity (link)
3/19/21 - NY restaurants outside NYC may expand indoor dining to 75% capacity (link)
3/22/21 - NYC public high schools (grades 9-12) reopen for in-person instruction
3/30/21 - NY expands vaccine eligibility to residents aged 30+ (link)
4/1/21 - NY lifts quarantine requirement for domestic travelers (link)
4/2/21 - NY event, arts, entertainment venues may reopen at limited capacity (link)
4/6/21 - NY expands vaccine eligibility to residents aged 16+ (link)
4/13/21 - U.S. FDA and CDC recommend pause in use of Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine (link)
4/17/21 - NYC-run sites begin taking walk-ins aged 50+ and a companion (link)
4/23/21 - NYS-run mass vaccination sites begin taking walk-ins aged 60+ (link)
4/23/21 - U.S. FDA and CDC lift pause recommendation on Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine (link)
4/27/21- NY lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals while outdoors (link)
4/29/21 - NYS-run mass vaccination sites begin taking walk-ins for all eligible adults (link)
5/3/21 - NYC bars may resume indoor seating (link)
5/7/21 - NYC restaurants may expand indoor dining capacity to 75% (link)
5/10/21 - U.S. FDA expands Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to ages 12-15 (link)
5/15/21 - NYC gyms may expand capacity to 50% (link)
5/17/21 - NY lifts 12am curfew for outdoor dining (link)
5/19/21 - NY state lifts mask and social distancing mandates for fully vaccinated individuals in most public settings (link)
5/31/21 - NY lifts 12am curfew for indoor dining (link)
6/15/21 - NY state lifts all restrictions (except venuse >5K), businesses may continue restrictions if they choose (link)
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Old Mar 12, 20, 11:34 am
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Arrow NYC COVID-19 / Coronavirus Updates

On a few occasions, the FT-NYC community has discussed topics not directly related to travel. Given that most of our participating members live in the NYC area, I think it reasonable for use to host a NYC-specific thread on this topic. A few guidelines:

1) Keep discussions specific to NYC-area updates, restrictions, transit, travel, and personal considerations relevant to New Yorkers (e.g., apartment living)
2) This is not the place for general discussions of COVID-19, travel bans, or politics.
- For general discussions, see the new forum that was launched Mar 5: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/coronavirus-travel-773/
- For political discussions, see the OMNI/PR thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/omni...lobal-gdp.html
3) Any posts that do not meet above guidelines will be summarily removed

For general info, see:
NYC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (includes current NYC confirmed case count) and Information for Medical Providers
CDC Coronavirus
Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Information for Travel
WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

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Old Mar 12, 20, 11:49 am
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Credit to NYU Langone, which I think was the first NYC medical center to ban all business travel, international or domestic, by its staff, including non-clinical staff, and canceled all seminars last Tuesday, March 3rd. At the time, it seemed like an overreaction, but every other medical center followed within the next few days and this week, all universities are taking or have taken their classes online.

Mrs. dstan and I were supposed to travel to Spain this week, but my meeting got canceled 24 h before departure. Proved to be fortunate!
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Old Mar 12, 20, 6:02 pm
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Thurs 3/12 de Blasio press conference

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs...pdate--3-12-20

• State of Emergency declared
• Gatherings of over 500 banned by NYS
• 95 confirmed cases in NYC
• 29 in mandatory quarantine
• First person exiting quarantine
• Schools to remain open if possible
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Old Mar 12, 20, 10:19 pm
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Gatherings of 500+ in say a theater or concert hall have less density/sq ft than say a subway car with 100 people--but running the subway is essential, theaters and concerts are not.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 6:52 am
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What about the thousands gathered in Times Sq, Herald Sq, etc. often throughout the day and night?

What about the thousands of people at Penn Station?

Not that I care, but still it seems a bit too political to ban gatherings when we live in such an overcrowded city.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
What about the thousands gathered in Times Sq, Herald Sq, etc. often throughout the day and night?

What about the thousands of people at Penn Station?

Not that I care, but still it seems a bit too political to ban gatherings when we live in such an overcrowded city.
I think gatherings refers to planned events, and mass transit is excluded.

From the NYT:

Under the new “density reduction guidelines,” events with more than 500 people would be commanded to cancel or postpone. Spaces with occupancies of less than 500 would be required to cut those attendance levels by 50 percent. Schools, mass transit, hospitals, shops, and public buildings are exempt, though Mr. Cuomo said the State Capitol could be closed to visitors.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 11:21 am
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I think the point is that large gatherings can be controlled. Public transit cannot (short of a shutdown, though I have heard commuters report that trains and subways are running well below full capacity). From an epidemiological standpoint, any decrease in interactions should slow the spread of the virus.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 11:56 am
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Public transit cannot (short of a shutdown, though I have heard commuters report that trains and subways are running well below full capacity).
The subway Monday morning was just about as busy as always. At least the B line from the UWS. I guess without tourists it is more empty outside of rush hour.

I've been riding Acela up and down the NE corridor since then and that train has been half-empty. Amtrak says that nationwide sales are down 50% and getting worse.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 12:23 pm
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Received some internal advice to adjust commutes a bit off schedule if possible to avoid peak times.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 2:28 pm
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The subway Monday morning was just about as busy as always. At least the B line from the UWS. I guess without tourists it is more empty outside of rush hour.
I suspect ridership has fallen much more significantly later in the week as more businesses have moved to work-from-home (my company starts alternate-week WFW on Monday). I often take the bus, as I think I did Mon-Wed, but the last 2 days the 1/2/3 line from UWS was significantly below normal crowd levels at the end of the AM rush (9:30am-ish, when it can often be bad because train frequency normally is diminished by then). I got seats (plus an empty next to me) both days! That's very anecdotal of course, but I think I've seen the stats that the subway is running down high-teens %.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 3:08 pm
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I think the point is that large gatherings can be controlled. Public transit cannot (short of a shutdown, though I have heard commuters report that trains and subways are running well below full capacity). From an epidemiological standpoint, any decrease in interactions should slow the spread of the virus.
It really depends on the train. Broadway line is dead. I take the 6/4 to the Bronx every day and there is little noticeable difference in ridership.
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Calcifer and I both work for banks in Midtown. She's 100% WFH now and as of yesterday, my firm is asking all staff to work remotely if at all possible until April 10. For now, I have been commuting in, taking the Broadway line and like @nerd says, it is definitely less crowded. The office is basically empty, and the line for the sweetgreen in the Rockefeller Center Concourse is not even close to being a long at lunchtime as it normally is. Today I took the PATH to/from Jersey City and it was really empty. It feels a lot like a post-Thanos Snap world.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
I suspect ridership has fallen much more significantly later in the week as more businesses have moved to work-from-home (my company starts alternate-week WFW on Monday). I often take the bus, as I think I did Mon-Wed, but the last 2 days the 1/2/3 line from UWS was significantly below normal crowd levels at the end of the AM rush (9:30am-ish, when it can often be bad because train frequency normally is diminished by then). I got seats (plus an empty next to me) both days! That's very anecdotal of course, but I think I've seen the stats that the subway is running down high-teens %.
Oh, yeah, I missed that stimpy's post was about Monday. Thing changed pretty dramatically after the WHO pandemic call on Wednesday.
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Fri 3/13 - NYS/NYC Updates

A few key updates from NY1 recaps of the Cuomo and de Blasio evening pressers:

NY State (https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs...-new-york-city)
• 3,200 tested, 412 confirmed cases, 50 hospitalized (12%), 18 in ICU (4%); state has 3,200 ICU beds and 53,000 hospital beds
• 28 testing labs contracted by state now approved by FDA, will be able to test 6,000 per day, up from 3,200 total to date

NYC (https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs...efing--3-13-20)
• Very high bar to close schools; if the school system were to close, "you might not see it for the rest of the school year."
• School attendance dropped to 85% on Thursday, 68% on Friday
• 154 confirmed cases in NYC (+59 vs Thursday), 29 in mandatory quarantine, 1,747 in mandatory isolation (not sure what the difference is)
• NYC has 503K N95 masks, has requested 2.2M more from FDA, only approved for 76K
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My daughter sent me a photo of 14th street and 8th ave last night at 5:00 (1700). She said it looked more like a Saturday morning than a Friday night.

Article on plunging subway ridership and increased bike rental.

https://gothamist.com/news/nyc-mass-...virus-outbreak
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