There’s also more in-store shopping, and car dealers, houses of worship and offices also can re-open with limited capacity and social distancing rules.
You must wear a mask to enter a store in NYC, even for in-store pick-up.
It’s been a tough three months, especially for the frontline workers who have saved so many lives, for the families of loved ones who did not survive, and for those of us who have lost our jobs.
Restrictions on evictions also end.
It means between 150,000 and as many as 300,000 will return to work in Phase Two, according to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said, which also means more crowded subways and buses and more private vehicle traffic.
The NYC Open Streets program, which has closed more than 40 miles of streets to traffic from 8am to 8pm daily, remains in effect for the forseeable future.
List of NYC Open Streets in all five boroughs
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Playgrounds reopen with what are called “social distancing ambassadors” to monitor the playgrounds and remind adults and kids to remain six feet away from each other, handing out free face coverings to people who don’t have them, and reminding parents about “basic hygiene rules” like using hand sanitizers.
No team sports, including basketball, football, soccer and softball,will be allowed for now, and there is no scheduled date to re-install basketball hoops which were removed to discourage close-distance activities.
Restaurants and food trucks will be able to use sidewalks and pedestrian mall areas outside their restaurants, even if they have not had sidewalk dining before, along with take-out and delivery. According to the NYC government website, “Outdoor space” is defined as an open air space without a fixed roof (besides a temporary or seasonal awning or cover.
Salons and barber shops may offer haircuts only. Phase Two rules do not apply to nail salons, tattoo parlors, or any other non-haircutting-related personal care services or activities, including but not limited to beard trimming, nose hair trimming, appearance, according to the NYC government website.
Phase Two rules
Phase Two is additional to Phase One, which has been in effect in NYC since early June.
Long Island and the Hudson Valley already are operating under Phase Two rules.
Here’s the official list of remains closed Phase Two from the NYC government website:
- Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease must remain closed to the public; however, any stores without their own external entrance(s) may operate via curbside pickup in Phase 1 and 2 providing purchased items to customers at or near the general mall entrance and any stores with their own external entrance(s) separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls, anchor tenants), may open for curbside and in-store pickup in Phase 1 and all in-store retail activities in Phase 2;
- Indoor on-premise restaurant and bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption in Phase 1 and outdoor on-premise restaurant and bar service in Phase 2;
- Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
- Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
- Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
- Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
- Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.
Retail businesses authorized to reopen for curbside and in-store pick up:
– Clothing stores
– Direct selling establishments
– Electronics and appliance stores
– Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
– Furniture and home furnishing stores
– General merchandise stores
– Health and personal care stores
– Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
– Lawn and garden supplies stores
– Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores
– Used merchandise stores
– Shoe stores
– Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and bookstores
– Other miscellaneous store retailers
– Building equipment contractors
– Building finishing contractors
– Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors
– Highway, street and bridge construction
– Land subdivision
– Nonresidential building construction
– Residential building construction
– Utility system construction
Manufacturing businesses authorized to reopen:
– Apparel manufacturing
– Computer and electronic product manufacturing
– Electric lighting manufacturing
– Fabricated metal product manufacturing
– Leather and allied product manufacturing
– Machinery manufacturing
– Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing
– Paper manufacturing
– Petroleum and coal products manufacturing
– Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
– Printing and related support activities
– Textile mills
– Textile product mills
Wholesale and Trade businesses authorized to reopen:
– Apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers
– Chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers
– Furniture and home furnishing merchant wholesalers
– Household appliances and electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers
– Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers
– Metal and mineral (except petroleum) merchant wholesalers
– Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers
– Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers
– Wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers
– Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers
– Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers
Governor Cuomo said that businesses that are most essential and pose the lowest risk will be the first to open.
Phase 1: Construction, retail (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off), agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, wholesale Trade
Phase 2: Professional services, retail, real estate
Phase 3: Restaurants, food services etc.
Phase 4: Arts, sports, education.
Social distancing and safety
New York state requires employers to conduct employee health screening. The staff will be reminded to monitor their health closely and stay home if sick.
Staff who arrive to work sick or become sick at work will be sent home immediately.
Employers should relax leave policies to encourage staff to stay home until they meet the criteria for ending self-isolation. It is also essential to promote physical distancing, good hand hygiene and regular use of face coverings – these precautions are essential to protecting against the spread of COVID-19, especially if someone is sick but does not have symptoms.