NEW YORK — Travel restrictions are being put in place across the country as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps through.
Travelers and travelers in New York and New Jersey are being told to expect increased security checks and to limit time spent outdoors.
People are being asked to avoid public parks and beaches as well as some public transportation and some shopping areas.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the restrictions Monday, saying they would be in place until at least Nov. 8.
“We are taking steps to make sure we have the resources we need to protect New Yorkers and visitors from the virus,” he said in a statement.
De Blasio also said the city will implement restrictions at its airports, including a ban on the use of hand sanitizers.
He said travelers should avoid the airport at all times.
The city has set up a hotline for travelers with questions or concerns.
More than 300,000 people have been tested for the virus, which is currently at an estimated 20,000 cases.
The virus has killed nearly 1,000 of them, and about one-quarter have died.
It is the most deadly outbreak in modern U.S. history.
There are no immediate plans for a public holiday in New Jersey.
Travel to Hawaii is being restricted.
People with questions about the coronamid coronaviruses should call 1-800-LIFE-1-PHOTO (1-800) 273-7888, or visit the Hawaiian Health Department website.
Travelers are being advised to keep an eye on the latest health advisories.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also warned people not to use cellphones while walking, using public transit, or using the internet.
For the latest information about coronaviral illness and public health emergencies, visit www.cdc.gov.