Though New York City's recovery will be gradual, it is certain. While working around the clock to address the immediate needs of our community and our economy, we are actively preparing for the day when the five boroughs can be truly bustling again. Read on for the most useful and current information for navigating the City, plus plenty of resources for planning ahead.
Indoor dining in New York City has resumed, with restaurants now allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery continue as normal.
New York City has entered Phase 4 of Governor Cuomo’s New York Forward plan, reintroducing low-risk outdoor activities like botanical gardens and zoos with capacity restrictions, movie and television production, and professional sports—indoor arenas are allowed to operate at 10 percent capacity, with fans needing to wear masks and test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of the event (distancing precautions are also in place). Outdoor arenas and performing arts venues can operate at 20 percent capacity. Museums, cultural institutions and gyms are among the types of indoor businesses that have been allowed to open with restrictions as well.
Movie theaters, pool halls, indoor entertainment centers, indoor arts, entertainment and events venues and outdoor amusement parks have also reopened at limited capacity. Meanwhile, in-person and catered events have resumed, with limited capacity. Additional venues, attractions and indoor activities will reopen at a to-be-determined later date. For more information, including an overview of phases 2 through 4, please click here.
Public schools have resumed in-person instruction, with high schools becoming the last level to reopen beginning in late March (many students remain in remote instruction).
NYC Travel Restrictions
Quarantine periods for domestic and international travelers entering the state are no longer required (though it remains recommended for those not fully vaccinated). Travelers from out of state—except for those coming from New York's contiguous states, which are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont—must fill out a traveler health form, as do travelers coming from another country.
We are closely monitoring reopening plans for Broadway. We will share guidelines as soon as they become available.
All In NYC: Stay Well Pledge
Covid-19 vaccines are available in NYC to all US residents who are 12 and older, including domestic visitors to the five boroughs. Those who are ages 12 through 17 are only eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is a two-dose regimen with at least 21 days between shots.
There are many ways to get vaccinated:
- New York City offers this comprehensive vaccine-finder tool, updated on a rolling basis, which includes links to local vaccination centers and pharmacies.
- You may call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment and for more information.
- A number of sites across the five boroughs are now offering walk-up appointments. You can see these here.
- New York State operates vaccination centers across the City, including those at Javits Center and Aqueduct Racetrack. Book appointments here.
- See other appointments nationwide with the CDC’s vaccine-finder tool.
To allow visitors access to the vaccine, Mayor De Blasio announced that the City would be operating pop-up vaccination hubs in areas around the five boroughs, including Times Square, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and various transit stops; locations may change from week to week. For a list of walk-up sites and for more information, visit nyc.gov.