September 8, 2020 12:30 pm – States added to travel list and personal care services

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the addition of four states to the travel advisory list—Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia — which meet the metrics to qualify for New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory.  Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been removed.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

People caught violating the advisory risk civil penalties ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.


There are exceptions to the travel advisory for essential businesses.  Guidance on travel to these states for essential employees can be found at


In addition, last Thursday the State released updated guidance for “under the mask” personal care services.  Personal care services that require customers to remove face coverings (e.g. face massage, facials, face waxing around lip or nose areas, face tattoos, facial makeup, cosmetic lip tattooing, lip/nose piercings, beard trimmings, or shaves) are prohibited, unless the employee is wearing a face shield or similar barrier in addition to their face covering. Additionally, any employee performing such services must be tested, at least once on or after September 3, 2020, for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test and receive a negative result prior to the employee performing such services that require removal of a customer’s face covering.