While the two- week quarantine rule is waived, other requirements and limitations remain in place.
A travel advisory signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 24 orders travelers from more than 30 other states or territories with high rates of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in New York.
But exceptions are made for certain sports and entertainment figures who travel to the state. Artists traveling to New York City for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 30) will not have to spend two weeks in quarantine.
According to a CBS News report, based on an email exchange with New York State Department of Health (DOH) officials, the VMAs applied to allow individuals coming from so-called restricted states to participate in the production of the show without meeting the two-week quarantine requirement. This is in line with how professional sports operates, a department spokesperson said. Billboard reached out to the DOH and Gov. Cuomo's office for additional comment, but had not heard back at presstime.