New York City enters Phase 2 reopening Monday

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 13:59:18-04

New York City enters Phase 2 of reopening Monday as key health indicators related to COVID-19 continue to trend downward.

So what does that mean exactly?

About 300,000 New Yorkers are expected to be able to return to work in the city, as commercial buildings, hair salons, barbershops, business and real estate offices, and restaurants reopen — with new restrictions and protocols in place.

Restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining services in addition to delivery and curbside pickup.

New Yorkers planning to return to their favorite restaurant this week should try to keep 6 feet from other diners not seated at their table, wear a face covering when not eating or drinking, and wash their hands frequently, the city Department of Health recommended.

Personal care businesses such as hair salons and barbershops must follow new safety guidelines, including maintaining 50% capacity and appointment-only scheduling.

Retail businesses, previously only allowed to offer curbside pickup, will welcome customers inside for the first time since March — but with limited capacity.

Playgrounds will also reopen.

In-person vehicle sales, leases, and rentals as well as retail rental, repair, and cleaning are also allowed under Phase 2.

The following businesses remain closed, according to the state.

  • Malls
  • Indoor dining services
  • Large gathering event venues
  • In-person gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities
  • Movie theaters
  • Indoor and outdoor places of public amusement

If you aren’t sure if your business can reopen Monday or need more information on the protocols that need to be in place, visit this website.

While the daily number of new coronavirus patients and deaths continues to drop, the city has recorded more than 208,700 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March.

At least 17,563 people have died of the virus. COVD-19 is listed as a probable cause of death for an additional 4,681 people in New York City, according to the health department.

This story comprises reporting from PIX11's Jennifer Bisram.