Traveling across the state border? Here's what's open and not across the Northeast
ALBANY — Northeast states have vowed to work together in their reopening plans after the coronavirus closed all non-essential businesses in the states in late March.
New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, for example, announced a 14-day quarantine Wednesday on all visitors in states with high COVID-19 rates.
"What happens in New York happens in New Jersey, happens in Connecticut," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "I think it's right, I think it's smart and I'm glad that we're doing it together."
States across the Northeast have successfully lowered the rates of COVID-19 infections; meanwhile, cases have soared in the South and West in recent weeks. But when it comes to reopenings, Northeast states have gone in their own direction.
New Jersey, for example, is opening its amusement parks and casinos at limited capacity on Thursday, but New York has kept those industries closed, even as five regions of upstate reached the fourth and final stage of reopening Friday.
The businesses that remained closed in New York, such as malls, will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
"We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down. We don't want to see it go up," Cuomo said.
Here's a look at where various Northeast states are in their reopenings as summer gets underway and people start to travel more.
Concert venues: They are still closed through New York, as are most large gathering spots.
Waterparks: Some in upstate New York indicated they were hopeful to reopen, but they've yet to get state approval to do.
Amusement parks: Also closed as they await guidance after Phase 4 starts.
Boardwalks: They are open, but with social distancing and masks required.
Restaurants: It depends on the phase. In Phase 2, which is New York City is in, outdoor dining with social distancing and safety precautions are allowed. In Phase 3, which the rest of state has hit, indoor dining with the same safety steps is allowed.
Casinos: Native American casinos in western New York and central New York are open, but racetracks with video lottery terminals and four upstate casinos remain closed.
Movie theaters: They are still closed.
Playgrounds: It depends on your local community. The state has left it to municipalities to decide when to let them reopen; the same for pools.
Beaches: They are open, even a limited amount in New York City. But social distancing and other steps are required.
State parks: They are open, but social distancing and masks are mandated.
Historic sites: They are open, but some indoor facilities may be closed.
Campgrounds. They are open and recently starting taking reservations again, but with safety steps required.
Concert venues: They remained closed as most concerts have been called off through the summer.
Waterparks: They can begin to open July 2 with soon-to-be announced restrictions.
Amusement parks: They are also set to open with July 2, and guidance on safety precautions are forthcoming.
Boardwalks: The state's popular sites are open with social distancing requirements and other safety steps.
Restaurants: Open for drive-through, delivery, takeout and outdoor dining, while following requirement for six-foot separation between tables. Microbreweries or brewpubs may be open for home delivery only. Beginning July 2, indoor dining will be allowed at 25% of capacity.
Casinos: The nine casinos in Atlantic City can open beginning on July 2 at 25% capacity.
Movie theaters: They remain closed.
Playgrounds: They can open July 2 with safety regulations.
Beaches: They are open with social distancing requirements.
State parks: Open for “passive recreation,” including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking and running, biking, birding, horseback riding and camping.
Historic sites: They are closed.
Campgrounds: They can open, but social distancing protocols are required and face cloth coverings are “strongly encouraged.”
Concert venues: They are all closed.
Waterparks: They are open with safety restrictions.
Amusement parks: They also opened on June 17 with a variety of precautions:
Boardwalks: Some are open, some are closed and social distancing is required.
Restaurants: Outdoor dining resumed in late May, and indoor dining with social distancing and sanitary steps started in early June.
Casinos: The two massive Native American casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, reopened June 1 with restrictions and capacity limits
Movie theaters: They were allowed to reopen June 17.
Playgrounds: They are open, but localities are also making their own decisions about reopening.
Beaches: They have largely remained open through the pandemic, but local communities also have made their own decisions.
State parks: State parks and trails are open, but municipalties are deciding on which local ones to shutter.
Historic sites: They are open.
Campgrounds: They start a phased opening on July 1 for RVs with functioning bathroom and water systems and are expected to open for all campers July 8.
Concert venues: Most of the state is in the Green Phase of reopening, the third and final phase. But gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited.
Waterparks: They are able to reopen with restrictions, but some, like Sesame Place, have yet to announce a reopening.
Amusement parks: Some are starting to reopen, like Herseypark, which is opening July 3.
Boardwalks: They are open.
Restaurants: Outdoor dining opened June 5 in the Yellow Phase, while indoor dining opened in most of the state in late June.
Casinos: They opened in most of the state in late June, but limited to 50% capacity.
Movie theaters: They could open at 50% capacity in the Green Phase.
Playgrounds: They are open.
Beaches: They started to open in late May, and then the 58 state beaches opened in early June.
State parks: They are open, but it can depend on what part of the state you are in.
Historic sites: They and museums remain closed.
Campgrounds Campsites and cabins are open but the state said they should only be used by members living in the same household.
Concert venues: Massachusetts is in Phase 2 of a four-phase reopening. Phase 3 likely won't start until July 6. Small venues could open in Phase 3; larger ones in Phase 4.
Waterparks: Not yet. They would be in Phase 4.
Amusement parks: They would also be allowed in Phase 4, which would be late July.
Boardwalks: They are open with social distancing and mask guidelines.
Restaurants: Outdoor dining is allowed, and indoor dining with restrictions started June 22.
Casinos: Their hotels and restaurants can open, but gaming floors need to wait until Phase 3
Movie theaters: They can open in Phase 3 with moderate capacity.
Playgrounds: They were opened in Phase 2, along with pools
Beaches: They opened May 25 with social distancing and other restrictions.
State parks: They are open.
Historic sites: Outdoor sites opened in Phase 2, but indoor facilities will need to wait until Phase 3.
Campgrounds: RVs were allowed in Phase 1, and tents were allowed in Phase 2 with limited capacity.
Concert venues: Limited. Some drive-in concerts started, but gatherings are limited to 25 people
Waterparks: Not open.
Boardwalks: They are open.
Restaurants: Starting June 26, they can allow 50% capacity, with a maximum of 75 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
Casinos: None are there.
Movie theaters: They are starting to reopen after the state has increased the capacity for venues to 50%.
Playgrounds: They are allowed with safety restrictions.
Beaches: They are open with social distancing guidelines and other precautions.
State parks: They are open, but limited to Vermonters or those who have met the quarantine protocols from out of state.
Historic sites: They are open, but with limited occupancy in some cases.
Campgrounds: They are open, but at 50% capacity and other limitations.
Concert venues: With limited capacity (social distancing rules, masks and no more than 50 people total), bars and some venues restarted live music in the beginning of June. As cases have spiked, a few have postponed dates again.
Waterparks: They haven't opened yet.
Amusement parks: They are also not open.
Boardwalks: Boardwalks in Delaware (which is primarily Rehoboth Beach) reopened in mid-May. The recommendation is to wear a mask as much as possible, but especially when entering stores, in line for food or within 6 feet of non-family members.
Restaurants: On June 2, Delaware restaurants entered Phase 2, which meant they can accommodate 60% of their capacity. Many have compensated by opening more outdoor seating. At many restaurants, guests must still call ahead to reserve a table so people don’t line up at a hostess stand.
Casinos: Operating at 60% of capacity. Slot machine are 8 feet apart. Hours are limited to 10-4 daily, but 24 hours on weekends.
Movie theaters: Some have re-opened at reduced capacity and strict social distancing in seats. Some restaurants with the ability have offered drive-in movies.
Playgrounds: They are still closed.
Beaches: They are open, and it is advised that people wear masks on the beach and families be at least 6 feet or more away from each other.
State parks: They are open, and those aged 13 or older must bring face coverings with them to enter a park and wear them when they cannot maintain social distancing from other visitors.
Historic sites: State-run historic sites and museums are open for self-guided tours, but visitors must make a reservation for a 30-minute time slot, cleaning occurs between groups.
Campgrounds: Campgrounds in Delaware State Parks opened June 1 in response to Gov. John Carney’s removal of the emergency ban on short-term rental units starting June 1. The mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers will also be lifted Monday.
Concert venues: They are closed.
Amusement parks. Outdoor amusements and rides, including miniature golf and go-kart tracks, resumed operations with appropriate health and safety protocols.
Waterparks: They were allowed to open in early June with safety steps.
Boardwalks: They opened in mid-May.
Beaches: They are open, and Ocean City’s beach, boardwalk and Inlet parking lot opened May 9 with masks and social distancing recommended.
Restaurants: Maryland restaurants began indoor dining June 12 with 50% capacity as part of the state’s Stage Two of Roadmap of Recovery. The state allowed outdoor dining at restaurants starting May 29.
Casinos: Casinos, arcades, and malls resumed operations June 19 with safety protocols.
Movie theaters: They remain closed.
Playgrounds. They are open with safety guidelines.
State parks: Most state parks have opened but some public indoor areas remain closed. Some parks also utilizing portable restrooms instead of opening park restrooms.
Historical sites: Some are open, some are closed -- including the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park
Campgrounds: They are open, along with most shelters and playgrounds are open. Capacity restrictions at pools has increased to 50%.
Includes reporting by Kamleshkumar Desai of the Delmarva Media Group.
Joseph Spector is the New York state editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JSPECTOR@Gannett.com or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany
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