Resources are available with the latest information on the status of our tourism and hospitality industry. 

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COVID-19 Resources & Information 

The safety of our community is our highest priority and the team at Visit Rochester encourages all to follow guidance issued by public health officials. We are continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19. Below are resources that will give the Rochesterians and potential visitors the latest information on the status of our tourism and hospitality community. News, updates and more resources will continue to be posted. 

New York State has issued new travel guidelines with its COVID-19 Travel Advisory allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.

    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.

    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

  • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.

    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

For travel guidance and additional information, please visit New York State's COVID-19 website.

ROC Ready Promise

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As we slowly and responsibly begin to reopen, we know you may be looking for information about what steps we're taking to protect those who live here and visit

Read more here.

What's Open In Rochester

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Many businesses in Rochester are reopening smartly, and safely. As our community continues to reopen, we have compiled a list of places that are open and ready to welcome you to Rochester.

Read more here.


Know Before You Go 

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Rochester is ready to welcome you back and ready to help you explore. See what attractions are open in Rochester, NY and what to expect before you visit.

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Many local Rochester restaurants are open and have transitioned to offering takeout or curbside pickup. 

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Many of Rochester’s cultural attractions are going digital to provide unique experiences for visitors and community members. 

Read more here



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It’s good to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine with this list of safe outdoor activities. 

Read more here


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There are so many GOOD things happening in Rochester. See how the community is coming together to support one another. 

Read more here




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Rochester, NY will rise and the Flower City will bloom again. 

See the full video here




Our love of Rochester is LIMITLESS. We partnered with Shawn Dunwoody on an original coloring page. Cure cabin fever with our series of #LearningROCS educational scavenger hunts. 

Download the family fun here



Health Department Resources 

Monroe County Department of Health

NYS Department of Health

Business Resources

NEW (as of 5/26) - New York Forward Loan Fund for Small Businesses

NEW (as of 5/26) - Creating The Best Future For Your Business After COVID-19

Empire State Development Resources

Includes FAQs for businesses, resources for travelers and guidance for public spaces. 

U.S. Small Business Administration
New York State’s Disaster Declaration was approved by the SBA. New York State is now recognized as a disaster area for COVID-19.

U.S. Department of Labor

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Causewave Community Partners - Assistance for Nonprofits 
Causewave is offering free virtual consultations for any nonprofit in the Greater Rochester area to help with their COVID-19 planning and response.

Monroe County Workforce Development 

Monroe County has many resources available include virtual job fair, job listing, training and more.

Industry Resources 

Knowland Resources for Hotel Group Business

National Restaurant Association

NYS Restaurant Association

New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA)

New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSHTA)

Traveler Resources 


U.S. Travel Association

Community Assistance Programs 

United Way Community Crisis Fund
United Way and Rochester Area Community Foundation have partnered on a centralized funding pool to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofits that are disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the economic consequences of the outbreak, community and organizational recovery, and future community emergencies.

United Way Community Needs Portal 
Community Needs Portal: The United Way of Greater Rochester has created a dashboard where you can easily view the needs of organizations in our region working with communities who are impacted by COVID-19. View and access the portal here

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Restaurants offering Takeout/Delivery



Special Offers For Essential Workers During COVID-19