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 allowed to operate at 35 percent capacity. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery continue as normal.
Many New York City public schools remain closed for in-person instruction, although pre-K, elementary and District 75 special-education students are now able to return to classrooms. Middle schools will reopen for in-person instruction on February 25. Gyms must close at 10pm, and parties at private residences are capped at 10 people.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a cluster action initiative to help stop further spread of the coronavirus. The plan divides affected areas into red, orange and yellow zones, each of which corresponds to new restrictions on schools and business activities. View an interactive map of the affected areas in the City here. For more information, visit ny.gov.
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 without audiences—though arenas will, as of February 23, be 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 will also be in place). Museums, cultural institutions and gyms are among the types of indoor businesses that have been allowed to open with restrictions as well. Movie theaters and pool halls can open as of March 5, indoor entertainment centers on March 26 and outdoor amusement parks April 9, all at limited capacity. Meanwhile, in-person and catered events can resume with limited capacity on March 15. 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.
NYC Travel Restrictions
Travelers from out of state—except for those coming from New York's contiguous states, which are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont—and from Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice countries must test negative for the coronavirus within three days before their departure from their home state or country. Once staying in New York, travelers must quarantine for three days, then take another Covid-19 test on the fourth day. If the test is negative, the traveler no longer has to remain in quarantine. Travelers who choose not to be tested must remain in quarantine for 10 days though should continue to monitor for symptoms for another four days.
New Yorkers who leave the state for 24 hours or less must be tested within four days of returning to New York State. The contiguous states are exempt from this rule as well, though Governor Cuomo has discouraged nonessential travel to and from these neighboring states due to their increased infection rates.
The City and Sheriff's Office have implemented checkpoints at various points of arrival into the City to remind travelers and ensure compliance. The Mayor has ordered that hotels and short-term rentals require guests from restricted states to fill out a traveler health form before beginning their stay. The Governor has issued an executive order reminder international travelers from moderate- or high-risk countries of their obligations to quarantine and fill out the form. For more information, visit ny.gov.
We are closely monitoring reopening plans for Broadway and the performing arts. We will share guidelines as soon as they become available.