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Dear Friends,

Last week, New York City marked an important milestone on our way to recovery: the announcement that indoor dining will return at 25% occupancy on September 30.

Under New York State guidelines, New York City restaurants that open for indoor dining will be subject to strict safety protocols, including temperature checks at the door for all customers; collecting contact information for tracing; face coverings at all times when not seated; and tables spaced at least six feet apart. Sitting and standing at bars will be prohibited, and restaurants will close at midnight. Businesses must review and affirm that they will operate in accordance with Interim Guidance For New York City Indoor Food Services During The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. If the infection rate does not increase, restaurants may be permitted to go to 50% capacity by November 1.

And today, our colleagues at NYC & Company announced its newest and most ambitious tourism revitalization effort to stimulate exploration and spending across the city. All In NYC: Neighborhood Getaways features a citywide lineup of deals on attractions, cultural experiences, dining, hotels, museums, shopping and tours to encourage locals to get out and safely explore the city with discounts at everything from iconic hotels to world-class dining and walking tours of historic neighborhoods. Mastercard is supporting this new campaign by offering cardholders up to $100 in statement credit when spending at participating local businesses, by signing up here. To view over 150 deals currently on offer, visit

At the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) we recognize the acute challenges so many of our businesses and workers are facing in the wake of the public health and economic crisis. We continue to work with our colleagues in government and other stakeholders to assess impacts, develop recommendations and clarify guidelines to support a safe reopening of the industries we support.


Today at 3pm, MOME and our colleagues at the Department of Cultural Affairs will present Culture in Public Spaces: A Webinar with NYC Outdoor Event Permitting Agencies. The virtual presentation will feature a discussion with representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Transportation and MOME on current procedures and best practices for applying for event permits in public streets, sidewalks, plazas and parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will also have an opportunity to pose questions for the panelists. While the event has reached capacity, a link to a recording of the event will be made available on our website following the event.

In addition, earlier this week, MOME issued guidance for group music activities, including live performances and music recording, in New York City during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The music guidance synthesizes COVID-19-related safety requirements from numerous sources, including the New York State Department of Health, the Empire State Development Corporation, the State Liquor Authority, and other State and City laws. The guidance is presented in a plain-language format and includes links to information from other State and City government agencies.


New York City’s Open Restaurants program now has more than 10,000 restaurants participating and continues until October 31. Selected corridors will be operational on Friday from 5-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12-11pm. Information about Restaurant Reopening is also available at or by calling the SBS hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC. 

To assist businesses participating in outdoor dining, the Office of Nightlife has made the following guides and informational materials available for download at

        • ”What to Expect When You’re Inspected”
        • “Multi-agency Reopening Toolkit for Restaurants and Bars”
        • It’s Up to You, New York social distancing guides and graphics
        • Take Out, Don’t Hang Out posters


Phase 4 production guidance is available on the Film Permit website. Please check frequently for updates and review the guidelines and FAQ before submitting permit applications. The Film Office is operating remotely, so please allow additional time for Film Permit processing.

•   Information and guidelines for businesses reopening in Phase 4 are available at Under the State’s New York Forward plan, each business must develop a written Safety Plan for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses may fill out this template or develop their own Safety Plan, which must be conspicuously posted on site and made available to the New York State Department of Health or New York City health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

•   Free Webinars for Small Businesses: The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) offers a wide range of free events, courses, and mentor sessions to provide information about requirements and guidelines to re-opening, emergency preparedness, financial assistance, certification for minority and women business owners, regulatory changes, employee support, licensing, inspections, and more. They also have a small business hotline—888-SBS-4NYC or 888-727-4692—to answer questions about the latest guidelines and regulations.

•   The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) offers information about reopening requirements and health and safety guidelines for the workplace, including FAQs for NYC Workers and an update about workplace laws for employers and employees to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition, they have set up a Worker Protection Hotline at 311 or 1-212-436-0381 for questions about reopening or to report an employer that is not following reopening requirements.

•   Free face coverings for small businesses: DCWP and SBS also are working with business-serving partner organizations throughout the five boroughs to distribute free face coverings citywide to small businesses and their employees.

•   The NYC PPE + Reopening Supplies Marketplace provides a one-stop-shop for easy-to-access suppliers of (i) face masks and coverings, (ii) face shields, (iii) gloves, (iv) cleaning and disinfectant products, (v) physical barriers and portable furniture, and (vi) other supplies needed for re-opening. It represents both local and national suppliers and manufacturers to provide a wide range of order minimums.
New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory remains in effect. California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands and Ohio have been removed from NY’s travel advisory; while Puerto Rico has been added to the list. The State Department of Health issued an emergency health order mandating that travelers from designated high infection areas provide local authorities with contact information and quarantine for 14 day upon arrival in New York. For more information, visit the New York State website at or call the New York State hotline at 888-364-3065.

A reminder that we’re down to the final month of CENSUS 2020.  Get counted now at

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In another sign that New York City continues to come to life, the end of summer is bringing with it a slate of cultural festivals that are finding innovative ways to present programming online and in-person. MOME is proud to support these upcoming events:
•    The 21st New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) takes place September 14 through 20. Events will be drive-in, in-person and virtual, with dozens of films representing nations from across the world.

•    The PHOTOVILLE Festival returns for its 9th year. The event is free and online from September 14 through to the middle of November, with virtual storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming. There will also be exhibitions in public spaces throughout the city.

•    The 58th edition of New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center offers drive-in and virtual screenings, running from September 17th to the second week in October.

•    The fifth annual Game Devs of Color Expo will be fully online this year, taking place on September 19th and 20th. The event seeks to open opportunity in game development to all.
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As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or for support.

Stay safe,

Anne del Castillo
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment