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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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