The new policy replaces an earlier advisory list of rising case states from which travelers had to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in New York, the governor said during an interview with the media.
Most travelers to New York State must get a negative Covid-19 test three days before they start their trip to the state, Cuomo said.
The policy does not apply to travel between New York and the neighboring states of Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.
In New York, travelers must be quarantined for three days before receiving another test. If the second test is negative, the traveler no longer needs to quarantine.
The new policy also states that any New York resident who travels outside of the state for more than 24 hours must follow the same procedure.
A New York resident who leaves the state for less than 24 hours only needs to take the second test.
New York’s overall coronavirus positivity rate was 1.49% on Saturday, down from 1.53% the previous day.
New York kept a seven-day moving average below 1,000 for 114 consecutive days, from early June to late September, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of October 1, the state’s average number of new cases was over 1,000 and has been there every day since.
“As with anything, context is key: cases are increasing across the country and around the world,” Cuomo said in a statement. “In a sea of division and a sea of COVID chaos, our ship of state sails well. The world is in trouble, however. So New Yorkers should be very proud of where we are, but we also need to remain vigilant.”
In late June, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a travel advisory that people from states with high coronavirus rates must be quarantined for 14 days.
Each state was responsible for enforcing the quarantine.
In New York, Cuomo said at the time, those who violate the quarantine could be subject to court order and mandatory quarantine, and the fines are $ 2,000 for the first violation, $ 5,000 for the second violation, and $ 10,000 for those that cause harm.
The policy change in New York comes when the US reported 99,321 new Covid-19 cases on Friday – the highest number of cases in a day recorded for any country. The top five records in daily cases were all set within eight days, and an expert warned the upward trend would exceed hospitals’ capacities.
The total number of U.S. Covid-19 cases hit at least 9,075,777 on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US reported more than 1,000 additional deaths on Friday. The U.S. death toll from the pandemic rose to over 230,000 on Saturday.