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N.J. sticks with 14-day quarantine travel advisory for coronavirus hot spots despite N.Y.’s rule change

New Jersey doesn’t plan to scrap its travel advisory calling for a 14-day quarantine for those arriving from coronavirus hot spots despite the announcement over the weekend that New York was ending its list and instead will require visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

Both states, along with Connecticut, have maintained a joint travel advisory for states with high COVID-19 infection rates. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday it was dropping its list as coronavirus numbers continue to rise across the country.

New York is now requiring travelers from all non-neighboring states to test negative no more than three days before they enter. Those who arrive without proof of a negative test won’t be stopped from entering but will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Even those who test negative will have to quarantine for three days after they arrive and then take a second test. If that’s also negative, they can cease their quarantine.

Cuomo admitted Saturday it had become increasingly difficult to enforce the travel advisory.

“The list started small and then the list got longer and longer and longer,” he said. “At one point, it was no longer a list, it was all-inclusive. Now, you don’t have a list.”

But Murphy said Monday there are no plans to make a similar change in New Jersey.

“We’re gonna stay with the current posture that we’ve got,” the governor said during his latest online coronavirus briefing.

Murphy stressed that the advisory does not apply to people who are crossing into neighboring states like Connecticut, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania for work or other essential reasons.

But he emphasized that people shouldn’t travel unless it’s necessary.

“We’re just asking people if you don’t have to travel, just flat out don’t travel. Period,” he said.

Things got awkward in New Jersey last month when New Jersey met the criteria to qualify for its own advisory. The Garden State has recorded 16 straight days of more than 1,000 new cases.

While violators of New York’s advisory have faced a possible $2,000 fine, New Jersey has never established fines. Instead, Murphy and other officials have asked people to practice “personal responsibility” and follow the order.

There are currently 41 states and territories on the quarantine list. Neighboring states — New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware — are exempt from being on the list despite meeting the criteria.

New Jersey on Monday reported 1,379 more COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths. The state’s hospitals had more than 1,000 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases for the sixth straight day, and the statewide rate of transmission decreased slightly to 1.28, but it remains above the key mark indicating the outbreak here is growing.

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NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Covid-19 Update. New York State Parks encourages all boaters to recreate locally, practice social distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. Avoid crowded launch sites and
congregating at marinas – launch or depart the slip as quickly as possible. For guidance on visiting the outdoors during the Covid-19 outbreak, visit: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/ .
New York’s waters remain cold throughout the spring. Life jacket wear is required through May 1 on pleasure boats less than 21 feet long and dressing in layers is recommended to avoid hypothermia. Boaters should be alert at
all times and follow the rules of the nautical road. Under Brianna’s law, all operators of motorized vessels must take a safe boating course and earn a safe boating certificate by 2025. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis,
all in-classroom safe boating classes are postponed until further notice, but online course options remain available. For a list of approved online providers, please visit the Boating Education Page

New York Safe Boating

Welcome aboard! New York State offers an abundance of scenic waterways for boaters including the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers, lakes in the Adirondacks, the Barge Canal, the Finger Lakes, Great Lakes, and hundreds of other streams, lakes and rivers to enjoy. Boaters can escape on a relaxing cruise, fish a favorite cove, or embark on a family adventure exploring new waters, all while experiencing first-hand New York’s incredible natural beauty.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation provides the public with a safe and enjoyable environment for recreational boating. Our goal is to assist the boater in developing safe boating habits and maintaining a strong law enforcement presence on our waters.

Everyone can be a safer boater by following the four suggestions below

Watch our safe boating PSA’S on YouTubeLeaving New York State Parks

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Brianna's Law

Brianna’s Law

Brianna’s Law requires all motorboat operators to complete a boating safety course. New age requirements begin January 1, 2020, with full compliance by January 1, 2025

Click here to view video of Governor Cuomo signing Brianna’s Law

Click here to learn more about the new law

Standup PaddleBoarding

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)

Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing watersports. The SUP is reminiscent of a surf board and is propelled by a paddler standing up.

SUP is considered a vessel when it is used outside of the surf zone or swim area.

A life jacket is required for each person on board a paddle craft, which include canoes, kayaks and SUP’s, as well as a sound signaling device. A mouth whistle is acceptable and is easily attached to the life jacket. It is highly recommended that the life jacket is worn. The exception to wearing a life jacket is when paddling in the ocean surf zone as the life jacket may restrict the ability to swim under the waves. In addition to the required life jacket and whistle, a leash is a recommended piece of safety

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Outdoor Activities – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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During the evolving COVID-19 situation, please review our webpage for how to enjoy NY’s outdoors safely, locally, and responsibly before visiting state lands.

Find Your Adventure

New York’s breathtaking natural resources are unique, abundant and open to everyone. The opportunities abound, from hunting and fishing, to hiking and rock climbing, swimming and boating, or simply relaxing in a tent under the stars.

DEC plays a vital role in both protecting our natural resources and providing opportunities for people to enjoy them. Under Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY program, DEC is making critical upgrades to State campgrounds and facilities to better serve people who want to enjoy our outdoors. DEC is also implementing and expanding outreach initiatives to encourage more New Yorkers and visitors to connect with nature and outdoor recreation. Learn more about this exciting initiative (PDF).

Improvements to DEC Lands and Facilities

DEC is committed to completing 75 projects over a three-year period to enhance access to outdoor recreation. Learn about some of our recent improvement projects.

Adventure NY Programs


I Bird NY Logo

I Bird NY was launched in 2017 to build on the State’s efforts to increase access to New York’s vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature. Visit I Bird NY to information on birding challenges, where and how to bird watch, upcoming bird walks and other events, a downloadable kids booklet, and additional resources.

First-time Camper Program

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NYS provides FREE First-time Camper weekends throughout the summer. New York families that have never camped before have the opportunity to see if they enjoy the great outdoors before investing in their own gear by registering for a fully stocked campsite at a select NYS campground for a weekend. Learn more about this popular program, which launched in 2017.

Outdoors Day

DEC will host Outdoors Day events across the state on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day. The events were designed for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to try out a wide range of recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, paddling, birdwatching, camping, archery and more. Find a location near you and stay tuned for more details on Outdoors Day 2020!

First Day Hikes

Celebrate the New Year outdoors with friends and family! Join one of the dozens of sponsored hikes held each New Year’s Day at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas and trails across the Empire State. Staff from State Parks and DEC, along with volunteers at many sites, lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions. Thank you to all that attended on January 1, 2020. Stay tuned for the list of January 1, 2021 hikes.

Hike With Us – Catskills

Ready to try hiking in the Catskills? Take one of the 15 guided hikes as part of the Hike With Us – Catskills program. This series of 15 beginner-level hikes is designed to provide a fun, safe, introductory experience

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