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New York City enters Phase 3 reopening Monday

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Posted at 8:24 AM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 06:56:46-04

New York City entered Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, but New Yorkers will have to wait a little longer for indoor dining.

Indoor dining was expected to resume as part of Phase 3, however, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week it would be postponed over concerns it could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Instead, the city is expanding outdoor dining, which de Blasio said has been successful.

"New York City is a crowded, dense urban area and — until recently — was the global epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis," Cuomo said in a statement Sunday. "Out of an abundance of caution and after seeing other states' experiences with indoor dining, we will wait to reopen it as the city moves to Phase [3] tomorrow."

Despite the reversal on indoor dining, New York City will move forward with the rest of Phase 3, which includes an expansion on resuming personal care services such as nail salons, massage, spas, tanning, tattoos, piercings and waxing.

Personal care businesses reopening under Phase 3 must follow state guidelines, including limiting customer and employee capacity to 50% of building occupancy, mandatory face coverings, social distancing and more.

Services that require customers to remove face coverings, such as lip waxing and facials, are prohibited.

Employees will be required to get diagnostic tests for the coronavirus every 14 days, and there must be customer screening, like a questionnaire or temperature checks.

Phase 3 also includes the resumption of more outdoor recreation activities. That includes basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball and soccer. Dog runs will open as well.

For a full list of Phase 3 guidelines, click here.

New York continues to make slow but steady progress after bearing the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak in the spring.

There were 533 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, which is down from 726 positives on Friday and 916 positives on Thursday — the first time the daily case number had edged over 900 since early June, Cuomo said on Sunday.

The positivity rate of those tested on Saturday dropped to 0.84%, from 1.16% on Friday, according to the governor.

At the height of the state's outbreak, new infections reached daily totals of more than 10,000 and deaths topped 700 per day.

This story comprises reporting from the Associated Press as well as PIX11's Kristine Garcia, Allison Kaden and Rebecca Solomon.