STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “Wait, how long do I have to quarantine? What if I’m already vaccinated? I thought they changed that rule?”
These kinds of questions have become all too common in recent months, as constantly shifting coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols make it difficult to keep up with the rules.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most up-to-date coronavirus guidance from New York State — ranging from quarantine requirements, to travel restrictions, to social gatherings and more.
Any unvaccinated New Yorker who comes into contact with someone who is known to have tested positive for the coronavirus is required to quarantine for 10 days.
Testing negative during that time period does not release you from the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
“It is essential to wait 10 days full days to make sure that no infection appears, even if you have no symptoms, before being released from quarantine,” according to New York State guidance.
After the 10 days have been completed, New Yorkers should continue to monitor any potential symptoms up until 14 days after exposure.
Meanwhile, vaccinated New Yorkers who are asymptomatic following exposure to a known coronavirus case are not required to quarantine for the first three months following full vaccination.
TYPES OF QUARANTINES
There are currently three types of quarantine in New York State: mandatory quarantine, mandatory isolation and precautionary quarantine.
Mandatory quarantine is required whenever someone has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive and for people who travel to New York from a foreign country.
Mandatory isolation is required for all New Yorkers who test positive for the coronavirus.
According to the state, precautionary quarantine applies to any resident who has had ”proximate exposure to a positive person, but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms.”
Currently, all travelers entering New York who have been out of state for more than 24 hours are required to complete the Traveler Health Form and obtain a coronavirus test within three days of departure, before entering the state.
Once arriving in New York, travelers must quarantine for a minimum of three days.
On the fourth day, travelers may go for another coronavirus test. If the test is negative, the traveler may leave quarantine at that point.
If travelers do not elect to obtain a coronavirus test upon return, they are required to quarantine for 10 days.
The following states are exempt from the domestic travel quarantine mandate: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
As previously stated, fully vaccinated residents who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine within the first three months following vaccination.
Starting April 1, domestic travelers entering the state of New York will no longer be required to quarantine, though it remains encouraged. Travelers will, however, still need to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
All international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to quarantine for seven days, with a coronavirus test taken between days three and five.
Without a test, international travelers are required to quarantine for a full 10 days.
Like domestic travelers, all international travelers are required to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
Currently, social gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
Meanwhile, social gatherings in public places are currently limited to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.
New Yorkers are currently required to wear a mask or face covering whenever they’re in a public place and unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals.
Additionally, masks are required in any situation where you are unable to maintain six feet of distance from others and whenever riding on any form of public transportation.