STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Labor Day Weekend — usually a top getaway weekend — will likely see fewer travelers this year thanks to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
But that doesn’t mean everyone will be staying at home.
If you’re one of the Staten Islanders who has decided to travel this weekend, here’s a look at what you need to know.
During the extended Labor Day Weekend, from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey projects just 455,000 passengers throughout its four major airports, a staggering 81% reduction from the same six-day period last year.
Passengers can expect significantly smaller crowds and shorter lines than in years past, as well as enhanced sanitization efforts to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all passengers and employees.
Those traveling through Port Authority airport facilities are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.
Since late-April, the Port Authority has been restricting airport terminal access at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports.
Only ticketed passengers, airport employees and those who can demonstrate a need to enter the facility for airport-related business are currently permitted to enter the terminals.
Port Authority police are monitoring access to the terminals and may ask prospective entrants to provide evidence of their reason for entry.
Passengers may be asked to show a ticket, boarding pass, flight reservation or some comparable confirmation that they are taking a departing flight from that airport.
BRIDGES AND TUNNELS
For those driving in and out of the city, construction-related lane closures will be suspended on area crossings to alleviate any potential traffic that we’ve seen in years past.
The Port Authority has announced that all construction requiring lane closures, including overnight lane closures, on the agency’s six crossings — the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel — will be suspended from Friday morning, Sept. 4, through Tuesday morning, Sept. 8.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels — responsible for two city tunnels and seven city bridges, including the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge — has announced that all daytime lane closures will be suspended from Thursday afternoon, Sept. 3, through Tuesday morning, Sept. 8.
However, overnight closures will continue throughout the weekend on MTA crossings.
If you’re not planning to leave the city, mass transit will be available, but will be running on a reduced Sunday or holiday schedule on Labor Day.
New York City subways, New York City buses, Metro-North Railroad and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 7. As a reminder, some subway and bus lines do not run on weekends, and customers are advised to allow additional travel time due to weekend work.
The Staten Island Ferry will operate on a holiday schedule on Labor Day. Service will be provided every 30 minutes throughout the day. The regular schedule resumes at midnight.
The Staten Island Ferry schedule is available on the DOT website. Other information about the Staten Island Ferry is available via nyc.gov/siferry.