NYC - The Official Guide

New York Forward Phases

Along with regions across New York State, organizations in New York City are permitted to reopen in four phases as outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan. Each of these four phases will be separated by at least two weeks to ensure public health and safety.

NYC is currently in Phase 4.

This phase includes the reopening of low-risk outdoor activities like botanical gardens and zoos with capacity restrictions, movie and television production, and professional sports without audiences. Museums and cultural attractions were allowed to reopen, with restrictions, as of August 24. Restaurants will be allowed to begin offering indoor service, at 25 percent capacity, as of September 30; there will be a review no later than November 1 to determine whether that capacity can increase to 50 percent. The Mayor has also announced that the current outdoor dining program will be made permanent, meaning restaurants will be able to take advantage of closed streets and sidewalk space where available to keep outdoor dining going year-round. Additional attractions, venues and indoor activities will reopen at a to-be-determined later date.

For an overview of the phases, please see below:

Phase 2

• Retail (in store)
• Restaurants (outdoor dining)
• Hair salons and barbershops
• Offices
• Real estate
• Vehicle sales, leases and rentals
• Retail rental, repair and cleaning
• Commercial building management 

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Phase 3

•Personal care (spas, nail salons and others)

Note: indoor dining, originally scheduled for this phase, was postponed. It is now scheduled to resume beginning September 30.

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Phase 4

• Arts, entertainment and recreation

Note: this category includes low-risk outdoor activities like botanical gardens and zoos with capacity restrictions, movie and television production, and professional sports without audiences. Museums and cultural institutions were allowed to reopen as of August 24. Other indoor activities will reopen at a to-be-determined later date.
• Education

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For more details, visit forward.ny.gov.