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Whether you are just dreaming of a weekend escape right now or hoping to venture out safely in the coming weeks, we have the latest information on Long Island’s re-openings and safety precautions underway, so that when you’re ready you can #travelconfidently and with renewed gratitude to Long Island.
Long Island is currently in Phase Four of the New York Forward re-opening direction led by Governor Cuomo, which allows residents and visitors to enjoy our miles of pristine beaches, parks, restaurants and more while safely practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. To read full phase four information, click here.
The Long Island Welcome Center is located at 5100 Long Island Expressway, Eastbound between Exits 51 & 52. Visitors to the Welcome Center can take a break from driving on the Long Island Expressway. The exterior features pay homage to Long Island’s nautical nature, from the welcoming lighthouse to the kids’ playground, which features a whale and shipwreck design. Stop by for amenitites including two electric car charging stations, an animal comfort area, an I LOVE NY selfie wall, and interactive tourism information with suggested destinations based on the user’s interests, from local wineries to beach recommendations. Currently, dining and community rooms are temporarily closed.
Effective November 4, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new guidelines for travel. New York State has issued a travel advisory for anyone coming to New York after travel to states that are not contiguous to New York, or after travel to any CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice country. However, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:
For travelers who were in another state or CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice country for more than 24 hours:
For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
For a visual of the travel guidelines, click here.
Pursuant to Executive Order 202.52, effective Friday July 17, 2020, all licensed establishments with on premises privileges (e.g. restaurants, taverns, manufacturers with tasting rooms, etc.) shall not serve alcoholic beverages unless such alcoholic beverage is accompanied by the purchase of a food item which is consistent with the food availability requirement of the license under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Discover Long Island is proud to collaborate with Dr. Michele C. Reed, Long Island native and Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, as the organization’s Official Health & Wellness Ambassador. In this newly created role, Dr. Reed will act as an advisor on health and safety-related protocols to tourism industry leaders, provide safe travel tips to visitors and share her recommendations on how to enjoy Long Island’s tourism attractions and vast outdoor experiences.Click For More Tips
Discover Long Island’s BeSafe Pledge enlists both businesses and guests to share their commitment to abide the BeSAFE Guidelines, BeLIEVE in our Commitment to safety protocols and BeHAVE guest pledge. Businesses that take the BeSAFE pledge will have access to free downloadable signage that can be displayed to allow customers to easily recognize those businesses who are volunteering and pledging to follow safety protocols. In addition, there is free signage that allows businesses to clearly communicate the expectations of customers to ensure the safety for all patrons and employees.
Long Island airports including Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) are open.
MacArthur Airport is the first airport in the world to install and activate new systems to continuously sanitize air and surfaces in the airport’s facilities. The CASPR (“Continuous Air and Surface Pathogen Reduction”) system extracts oxygen and moisture from ambient air and uses a natural catalytic converter process to produce and deliver trace levels of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to indoor spaces. As airline passengers and employees return to the airport, MacArthur is committed to providing the highest level of comfort and confidence. The launch of these sanitation systems will cover gate areas, the security checkpoint, ticket counters, and baggage claim.
A range of lodging offerings across the region are available to accommodate travelers including hotels, B&B’s, resorts and rentals. Outdoor pools are open with truncated capacity in place. Book your trip today utilizing Discover Long Island’s unique trip planner complete with insider tips, itinerary suggestions and more.
Dining & Restaurants
Indoor and outdoor dining is now open across Long Island with social distancing and mask wearing in place. Many restaurants are still serving up curbside pick-up, delivery, and dock-side options for those that would prefer to have an at-home experience. Click here for an interactive restaurant guide and listing of local seafood, vineyards, farms and more.
Be sure to share your #DineonLI experience for a chance to be featured on Discover Long Island’s social media channels. We can’t wait to see where your Long Island adventures lead you this summer.
With 120-miles of pristine coastline, its no wonder that visitors flock from all over the world to enjoy New York City’s Beachfront Backyard- Long Island. State Parks are currently open to the public, while various County/Town beaches remain open to residents only for the time being. For a more private and exclusive beach experience the hotels listed within our guide offer easy access to top beaches across the island. To help you beach responsibly we’ve compiled a guide to navigate your favorite sandy spots during these unprecedented time. Please remember to follow CDC guidelines at all times including wearing a mask and keeping a safe social distance from other patrons.
Long Island Wine Country is home to over 60 award-winning vineyards and tasting rooms. Our vineyards are currently open for in-door and outdoor dining, tasting room experiences, take-out, and delivery services.
Parks & Camping
State Parks and Preserves across Long Island are open to be enjoyed while practicing CDC safety guidelines. Indoor spaces and restrooms may be closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but parks, grounds, and trails remain open during daylight hours, seven days a week.
New York State Park campsites are currently open. Reservations can be made in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or visiting newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com.
Arts, Cultural & Tourism Attractions
Long Island is currently in Phase Four in the phased re-opening process. This includes access to outdoor gardens and attractions. Many tourism attractions, however, remain closed or are opened in a limited capacity including arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues and sports arenas. Please check local listings before planning a visit and be aware that all require safe social distancing and wearing a mask. For information on attraction openings, click here.
With Phase Four came the re-opening of Long Island malls. Check the mall website prior to visiting to view updated hours and store openings. Click here for information on mall re-openings and reduced hours. Tanger Outlets in Riverhead and Deer Park and Americana Manhasset are open for in-store shopping at the outdoor centers.