NYC Update — June 2
As NYC and regions across New York State show promising signs of recovery, we are hoping and planning for a safe, responsible citywide comeback that will reconnect us with each other and our beloved five boroughs. Check this page regularly as we will continue to update it with the latest information and official guidance.
The Road to Reopening
New York City will enter phase one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan on June 8, helping the state safely reopen businesses and ease social distancing. Restrictions will be loosened by region based on seven key metrics of success. To view New York City’s progress, see the state’s Monitoring Dashboard.
Once a region has met the necessary metrics, businesses and organizations will be allowed to reopen in phases, starting with industries like construction, manufacturing and retailers offering curbside or in-store pickup, and ending with arts, entertainment, recreation and education. Each region must maintain at least two weeks in between each phase. In order, these phases are as follows:
Retail - curbside or in-store pickup or drop off
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Real estate and rental and leasing
Restaurants / food services
Arts, entertainment and recreation
For more details, visit forward.ny.gov.
For information and tips on how to help local businesses, visit our Support NYC page.
What to Know Now
Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City will be under nightly curfew from 8pm to 5am, ending on the morning of Monday, June 8.
NYC’s nonessential businesses continue to keep their workforces at home. Outside of curfew orders, New York residents can now gather in small groups of 10 people or less, so long as participants observe social distancing guidelines.
Governor Cuomo has ordered New York State residents to wear face coverings in public whenever maintaining social distance is not possible. This aligns with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s guidance recommending that New Yorkers wear face coverings when leaving their homes.
To facilitate social distancing in the City, the Mayor has announced 40 miles of street closures, sidewalk widening and additional bike lanes, with the goal of expanding to 100 miles in order to increase public space and serve the hardest-hit communities.
Health and Safety Tips
We recommend visitors consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities for official information. Further, we recommend that visitors follow the CDC’s list of safety guidelines, including:
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 95 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with sick people or anyone who has knowingly been exposed to a sick person.
The Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism Recovery
NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination management organization and convention and visitors bureau, has announced The Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism Recovery. In accordance with government officials, informed by medical expertise and guided by new social distancing protocols and the technologies that facilitate them, our Coalition will:
- Design citywide marketing and advertising programs to drive renewed engagement
- Shape industry advocacy initiatives to inform funding and policy making
- Advance public information campaigns to share facts, updates and opportunities
For more information, visit nycgo.com/recovery.
Links to Resources
Below, find links to information and advice from official authorities, and note that these continue to be updated in real time.
- New York State’s coronavirus information site features up-to-date information, including the latest rules and restrictions from Governor Cuomo.
- The CDC offers this summary regarding Covid-19, including the CDC’s ongoing response, recommendations and resources.
- New York City’s Department of Health is monitoring the situation and providing live, daily updates on the situation as it relates to our city.
- The New York Times is offering free access to its coronavirus coverage, including live updates.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) website features tips, advice, reports, research and more.
- The U.S. Travel Association has produced a comprehensive tool kit.