NEW YORK CITY — Visitors to the New York City area contribute more than $70 billion to the region’s economy, with tourism traditionally a major part of the economic engine.
But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Port Authority reports travel to New York City from domestic and international destinations was down more than 95% in April.
Travelers from 22 states have been ordered by the governors of New York and New Jersey to register and self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the tri-state area.
Tour guides are trying to make the most of the situation by encouraging locals to take a walk around the town.
The Guides Association of New York City has issued safety guidelines.
“Walking tours provide wonderful chances for fun, safe and socially distant outdoor recreation here in New York,” stated GANYC President Emma Guest-Consales. “By combining best practices to be implemented by tour guides and operators before, during and after tours with the personal responsibility that all citizens should exhibit, these guidelines demonstrate we have taken every possible step to ensure our guests’ safety while touring the greatest city in the world. We are so excited to welcome visitors back to the Big Apple to enjoy all that touring New York City offers.”
Masks are required for both guides and participants.