New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday, August 21, that gyms will be allowed to gradually reopen from Monday, August 24, as the state eases restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Gyms will need to abide by several restrictions including not exceeding a one-third capacity limit, carrying out temperature checks, and ensuring members wear masks and sign-in to trace and contact.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated on August 5 that the city would erect COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints at key entry points across the city to enforce a 14-day quarantine mandate in place for travelers arriving from 35 designated states, a list of which can be viewed here. Major bridge and tunnel crossings are being monitored, and a team has been deployed at Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan on August 6 to ensure travelers stop to complete a travel form. Overland disruption is to be anticipated in New York City during the quarantine measures, and a heightened security presence is also possible at checkpoints.
Numerous US states have imposed quarantine orders on arrivals from other states with high rates of COVID-19 infection, as well as other measures such as bans on large public events and gatherings.
As of August 21, there have been 5,616,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US with 175,219 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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