New York City has established random checkpoints as “an educational tool,” designed to ensure travelers understand and comply with New York State’s travel restrictions, due to the coronavirus pandemic. New York State law requires anyone entering New York State who has spent more than 24 hours in any state on New York’s Restricted State List to:
- Register by completing the New York State Traveler Health Form.
- Quarantine (remain in your home or the place you are staying except for emergencies, to seek medical care, or to leave the State) upon arrival for 14 days from the last day of travel within a state on the restricted list.
- Essential workers coming to work in New York from a restricted state must follow the guidance of the State Department of Health.
New York’s Restricted State List can be found by clicking here. It includes New Yorkers who have traveled to other states, as well as people visiting New York. As of Sept. 30, it did not include New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania, although it is updated, as needed.
Drivers approaching a checkpoint can expect the following:
- Individuals will be asked whether they have spent more than 24 hours in any State on New York’s Restricted State List in the last 14 days.
- If yes, the individual will be required to complete a New York State Traveler Health Form. The form is available online and can be filled out one day before arrival in New York City, or at the checkpoint.
- The registration form takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Avoid that delay by filling out the form online one day prior to your arrival in New York City.
Checkpoints are conducted by the New York City Sheriff, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies – including the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). As proof that you completed a New York State Traveler Health Form, you can present a screenshot of the confirmation page once completed.
Even those passing through New York City and not stopping are still required to complete the form if you spent more than 24 hours in any state on the restricted list. “Truly exceptional” cases of noncompliance may result in significant fines.
Travelers may be asked to show documents necessary to drive a car under New York State law (like a car registration). You will not be asked about immigration status. Language interpretation services will be available at each checkpoint.
Daily checkpoints can be found at the Sheriff’s Twitter page: @NYCSHERIFF.
Source: NYC Council to the Mayor