Domestic travelers to New York no longer have to quarantine if they’re fully vaccinated for COVID

Domestic travelers to New York will no longer be required to quarantine if they can provide proof that they've been fully vaccinated within the past 90 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday (file photo)

Domestic travelers to New York will no longer be required to quarantine if they can provide proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated within the past 90 days. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, his first official briefing on the state’s progress with the virus in nearly two weeks.  

Cuomo abruptly stopped holding briefings last month after allegations emerged that he had sought to cover up data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. In the past week his troubles have only deepened as three women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, prompting the state legislature to strike a deal to revoke his emergency powers on Tuesday.

The governor acknowledged the deal at his latest press conference but declined to comment further. 

Instead he announced the changes to the travel advisory, which previously required anyone entering New York from a non-contiguous state to quarantine for two weeks or obtain a negative test four days after arrival. 

Domestic travelers to New York will no longer be required to quarantine if they can provide proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated within the past 90 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday (file photo)

Going forward, domestic travelers will no longer be subject to that quarantine rule if they prove they are ‘within 90 days of full vaccination’. 

Cuomo did not elaborate on why the 90-day time limit was implemented, nor did his office when asked directly by DailyMail.com.   

Officials say it is unclear how long a person will remain immune to COVID-19 after being vaccinated.  

‘Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions,’ the CDC website states. 

Some experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines will have to be administered annually, like the flu vaccine.  

Cuomo made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, his first official briefing on the state's progress with the virus in nearly two weeks

Cuomo made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, his first official briefing on the state’s progress with the virus in nearly two weeks

In early February New York announced that fully vaccinated people would not have to quarantine after exposure to a person infected with COVID-19 – mirroring CDC guidelines. But, that rule also came with a 90-day caveat. 

At the time officials said current data proved that immunity lasts at least 90 days after full vaccination, but it remained unclear for how much longer after that. 

Officials said the 90-day limit in that case would likely be a ‘moving target’ as more research is conducted.  

Cuomo also announced new key dates for reopening the state. 

Gathering limits will be raised to 200 as of March 22 and event spaces can reopen at 33 percent as of April 2, he said, citing ongoing declines in measures of COVID-19 spread. 

It comes as New York was able to open thousands of new vaccination appointments starting Wednesday as the state’s vaccine supply expanded dramatically with the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. 

Across the state more than three million people, or 15.2 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.66 million (8.3 percent) have received two doses.  

Across the state more than three million people, or 15.2 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.66 million (8.3 percent) have received two doses. Pictured: A woman receives a vaccine in Bay Shore on Wednesday

Across the state more than three million people, or 15.2 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 1.66 million (8.3 percent) have received two doses. Pictured: A woman receives a vaccine in Bay Shore on Wednesday

New York was able to open thousands of new vaccination appointments starting Wednesday. Pictured: People line up outside the Javits Center in New York to receive a vaccine on Tuesday

New York was able to open thousands of new vaccination appointments starting Wednesday. Pictured: People line up outside the Javits Center in New York to receive a vaccine on Tuesday

Wednesday’s 40-minute briefing took a bizarre turn later on when Cuomo choked up as he apologized over sexual harassment claims but insisted he never touched ‘anyone’ and vowed to fully cooperate with the state attorney general’s investigation into him. 

Three women have alleged misconduct, including two former aides who both say he made inappropriate remarks towards them that were sexual. One of those aides also claims he forcibly kissed her on the mouth. A third woman came forward after them claiming that he’d asked to kiss her at a wedding. A photo of them at the wedding emerged in which he is clasping her face.   

Cuomo addressed the scandal before taking questions and refused to resign despite calls for him to do so as he urged the public to wait for the findings of the investigation.

‘As you know the Attorney General is doing an independent review. I will fully cooperate with that review. The lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review – I understand that I am a lawyer too,’ he said.

‘But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this. First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional. And I truly and deeply apologize for it.

‘I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it. That’s not easy to say. That’s the truth. 

‘This is what I want you to know and I want you to know this from me directly: I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never touched anyone inappropriately.’ 

Wednesday's 40-minute briefing took a bizarre turn later on when Cuomo choked up as he apologized over sexual harassment claims but insisted he never touched 'anyone' and vowed to fully cooperate with the state attorney general's investigation into him

Wednesday’s 40-minute briefing took a bizarre turn later on when Cuomo choked up as he apologized over sexual harassment claims but insisted he never touched ‘anyone’ and vowed to fully cooperate with the state attorney general’s investigation into him 

CUOMO’S STATEMENT ON SEX HARASSMENT SCANDAL IN FULL

I want to address the recent allegations that have been made against me. 

As you know the Attorney General is doing an independent review. I will fully cooperate with that review. The lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review. I understand that. I am a lawyer too.

But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this. First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional. And I truly and deeply apologize for it.

I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it. That’s not easy to say. That’s the truth. This is what I want you to know and I want you to know this from me directly: I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never touched anyone inappropriately.

I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feeling uncomfortable. I never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. I certainly never ever meant to offend anyone or cause anyone any pain.

That is the last thing I would ever do that. I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the Attorney General’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts please before forming an opinion. I will fully cooperate with it.Then you will have the facts Make a decision when you have the facts

I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation. I’ve learned an important lesson. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone I never intended it. 

I will be the better for this experience.

Thank you

Asked if he would resign, he said resolutely: ‘I’m not going to resign. 

‘I work for the people of New York. I’m going to serve them. We have a full plate – we have COVID, we have rebuilding, a teetering New York City… so no. 

‘I am going to do he job the people of the state elected me to do.’ 

He went on to vow not to hug or kiss people anymore, saying: ‘I do not believe I have ever done anything in my public career that I am ashamed of. 

‘I didn’t know I was making her uncomfortable at the time, I feel badly that I did. 

‘Sensitivities have changed and behavior has changed.  I get it and I’m going to learn from it.’ 

When asked about the photo that emerged of him clasping one of the accuser’s faces, he said: ‘You will find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people – women men children. 

‘You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people – men and women. It is my usual and customary way of greeting. You know that because you’ve watched me. 

‘It was my father’s way of greeting people – you’re the governor of the state you want people to feel comfortable. You want to reach out to them. 

‘I was at a event in Queens the other day. I hugged the pastors who were there… but that doesn’t matter. 

‘What matters is if anybody was offended by it. If they were offended by it, I apologize. If they were hurt, I apologize. If they felt pain from it, I apologize.’

Two former aides – Charlotte Bennett and Lindsay Boylan – say Cuomo sexually harassed them when they were working for him.  

On Monday night, a third woman – Anna Ruch, now 33, who worked at the Obama White House and met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019 – said he asked if he could kiss her.

She is who was pictured with his hands clasping her face. 

Before Wednesday, Cuomo had not been seen at a public event on February 24.

He was opening a vaccination site in the Bronx but did not take any questions from the media. The last time he accepted journalists’ questions was two days earlier, on February 22, which was his last televised COVID-briefing. 

He made one virtual appearance – on February 25 – at the virtual governors’ meeting where he welcomed President Joe Biden, but he had not been seen since then. Emails from his office indicate that he has been in Albany throughout. 

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in his Albany office, including quizzing her about dating older men

Lindsey Boylan accused him of attempting to kiss her on the mouth in 2018

Charlotte Bennett (left), 25, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in his Albany office, including quizzing her about dating older men. Lindsey Boylan (right) accused him of attempting to kiss her on the mouth in 2018

Anna Ruch, now 33, met Andrew Cuomo at her friends' wedding in September 2019. He was photographed cupping her face. She says he asked if he could kiss her

Anna Ruch, now 33, met Andrew Cuomo at her friends’ wedding in September 2019. He was photographed cupping her face. She says he asked if he could kiss her 

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