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NYC: What to Know Now

Below, find updates and current information about developments around the five boroughs.

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.

Performing arts venues and sports arenas are again allowed to have spectators. Indoor sports venues must operate at no more than 10 percent capacity (this number will increase to 25 percent on May 19) and require fans to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of attending the event. Attendees must also wear masks and adhere to other distancing and safety precautions. Outdoor stadiums and large outdoor performing arts venues (more than 2,500 people) can operate at 20 percent capacity as of April 1. Movie theaters, pool halls, gyms, indoor family entertainment centers, indoor arts, entertainment and events venues and outdoor amusement parks have all reopened with capacity restrictions and safety plans in place. Catered events resumed, with limited capacity, as of March 15. 

The capacity for outdoor gatherings at private residences is now 25 people; indoor gatherings remain at a 10-person maximum. For indoor public spaces, the maximum capacity (without testing) is 100 people.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are discouraging nonessential travel for those who are not fully vaccinated. Postponing trips and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. For more information, visit cdc.gov.

New York City public schools have reopened for in-person instruction. 

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 must those from out of the country.  

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 (which, as noted above, are now allowed to have spectators at limited capacity). Museums and cultural institutions were allowed to open, with restrictions, last August. Certain other attractions, venues and indoor activities will reopen at a to-be-determined later date.

The Mayor has 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.

The Broadway League announced that Broadway performances will be suspended through the end of May 2021. Broadway shows will be able to reopen at 100 percent capacity beginning September 14.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced a 13-point plan to help the City safely reopen. Most service will be restored to regular levels, though subway service remains suspended nightly from 2am to 4am; that will move back to 24-hour service beginning May 17.

Governor Cuomo has ordered New York State residents to wear face coverings in public. 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 67 miles of street-traffic 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance for what to do if you become sick, and when you can be around others after you had or likely had the coronavirus.

The following information relates to visitor vaccinations: 

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.