- All regions of the state are now in Phase 4 of the reopening process. To learn more about the reopening criteria, visit: forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york.
- During Phase 1, the following categories of businesses can resume operations:
- Retail (Curbside Pickup)
- Wholesale Trade
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- To see the categories of businesses that will be allowed to resume service as the reopening process progresses, visit: forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase.
- During Phase 2, the following categories of businesses can resume operations:
- Offices, Real Estate, In-Store Retail
- Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals
- Retail Rental, Repair and Cleaning (such as electronics repair, equipment rental, clothing rental, laundromats, other clothing/fabric cleaning services, and residential cleaning services)
- Commercial Building Management (commercial/nonresidential property management entities and related activities)
- Hair Salons and Barbershops (does NOT include nail salons, tattoo parlors or any other personal care services or activities that arent haircutting-related)
- Restaurants and bars in regions beginning Phase 2 can now provide outdoor dining. Tables must be spaced 6 feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must wear face coverings when not seated. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-outdoor-dining-restaurants-will-be-permitted-phase-two-reopening)
- During Phase 2, houses of worship can reopen with a 25% occupancy limit as long as social distancing and other safety measures are in place. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-photos-rush-transcript-governor-cuomo-announces-lowest-number-hospitalizations-and)
- During Phase 3, the following categories of businesses can resume operations:
- Restaurants/Food Services (Indoor dining)
- Personal Care (Nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, massage services)
- Starting on July 6, regions in Phase 3 can resume low-risk youth sports which includes baseball, cross country, crew, field hockey, gymnastics and softball as long as spectators are limited to two per child. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-low-risk-youth-sports-regions-phase-three-can-begin-july-6th)
- During Phase 3, nursing homes and long-term care facilities can begin to allow visitors for compassionate care situations. The facilities can only allow visitors if theyve reported no new COVID-19 cases in 28 days, limit visits to a maximum of two guests at a time, restrict visitation to 10% of residents at one time and pre-screen all visitors. (https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2020/2020-07-10_resumption_of_limited_nh_visitation.htm#:~:text=(July%2010%2C%202020)%20%2D,the%20federal%20Centers%20for%20Medicare%20%26)
- During Phase 4, the following categories of businesses can resume operations:
- Higher Education
- Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
- Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
- Media Production
- During Phase 4, indoor religious gatherings are allowed at up to 33% of the indoor sites capacity. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-five-regions-track-enter-phase-iv-reopening-friday)
- New York State has greatly expanded testing capacity, meaning any New Yorker statewide can get a coronavirus test. To learn more or find a testing site near you, visit: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing.
- Remember, you still need to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 diagnostic test by calling 888-364-3065 or your health care provider. To take an online assessment, visit: https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/.
Changes to Day-to-Day Life
- Horse racing tracks statewide and Watkins Glen International Racetrack are now allowed to open without spectators. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-horse-racing-tracks-statewide-and)
- Outdoor tennis courts and drive-in movie theaters statewide can now resume service as long as they adhere to social distancing measures. (https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1259876885619716098?s=20)
- In coordination with Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey, New York State beaches which includes local beaches and lake shores can now open. Social distancing measures will remain in effect. Beaches are limited to 50% capacity, concession stands will remain closed and contact activities are prohibited. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-governor-murphy-governor-lamont-governor-carney-announce-multi-state-agreement)
- Starting July 1, swimming is permitted at beaches operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Visit www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches to learn more.
- Starting on June 26, socially distanced, outdoor graduations of up to 150 people are permitted. The state is also allowing schools to hold drive-in or drive-through ceremonies. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-outdoor-graduations-150-people-will-be-allowed-beginning-june-26th; https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-photos-rush-transcript-governor-cuomo-announces-state-expanding-covid-19-testing)
- Garage sales are now permitted statewide, as long as people maintain social distancing, wear face masks and adhere to a 10-person limit. (https://twitter.com/LtGovHochulNY/status/1271057092019798017)
- Dentist offices may now open for non-emergency services, as long as they adhere to state safety regulations. For a complete list of state guidelines, visit: www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/DentistryMasterGuidance.pdf
- Hospitals and group homes statewide can allow visitors at their discretion. Facilities that allow visitation must adhere to state guidelines, including temperature checks for all visitors. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-photos-rush-transcript-governor-cuomo-announces-us-open-be-held-without-fans-august)