New York City is entering its widest reopening phase today after Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the city approval to move forward.
One of the biggest moves is the reopening of outdoor dining. Restaurants must follow these guidelines:
- In outdoor spaces, all tables with seats must be at least six feet from any other table, seat, patron or pedestrian thoroughfare or corridor.
- Restaurants must ensure an indoor capacity to accommodate patrons who may need to enter/exit through the indoor space to access the outdoor seating, restrooms, or payment location, and allow such access/egress in a socially distanced manner.
- Employees must wear face coverings at all times.
- Patrons must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated, provided that the patron is over the age of two and able to medically tolerate one.
Indoor on-premise dining and bar service are not allowed.
Hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen but they must limit the workforce and customer presence to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy.
Offices will be able to reopen, limiting the total number of occupants at any given time to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area. People must keep a distance of at least six feet at all times, unless safety of the core activity requires a shorter distance.
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.
Large gatherings and event venues, including places that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience, must also remain closed to the public.
On Friday, Cuomo delivered his final coronavirus briefing with an address from his office in the state Capitol.
"Today, we have done a full 180, from worst to first," he said. "We are controlling the virus better than any state in the country and any nation on the globe."