- Regions can begin Phase 1 of the reopening process once they meet the state's criteria. The state of emergency was also extended to June 13 for regions that don't currently meet the reopening guidelines. 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 aren't haircutting-related)
- Restaurants and bars in regions beginning Phase 2 can now provide outdoor dining. Tables must be spaced six 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)
- 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
- New York's COVID-19 diagnostic testing criteria has been expanded. The following New Yorkers are now eligible for testing (coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing):
- Any individual with COVID-19 symptoms
- Any individual who has come into contact with a person that has COVID-19
- Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine
- Any health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder
- Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public
- Any individual who can return to their workplace in Phase 1 of the reopening process
- 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 find a testing location near you, visit: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.
- To ensure no one has to risk their health to make their voice heard, New York is sending postage-paid absentee ballot applications to all eligible voters to vote by mail in any election on or before June 23. When filling out the application, simply check the box for “temporary illness or physical disability.” Voters will receive ballots and postage-paid envelopes to send their completed ballots back. To learn more, visit www.elections.ny.gov. (NYC: vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting) (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20215-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- All school budget votes and school board member elections have been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 9. All eligible voters will receive postage-paid absentee ballot applications to vote by mail in these elections. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20226-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
Changes to Day-to-Day Life
- Horse racing tracks statewide and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without spectators on June 1. (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 – will open on Friday, May 22. 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)
- Swimming will remain prohibited at beaches operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Visit www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches to learn more.