All New Yorkers should get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk.
What to Do If You Are Sick
You should get tested now if you have symptoms – regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation – and then stay home.
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and commonly include:
This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Older adults may show confusion or disorientation and experience falls.
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines. The vaccine can prevent COVID-19 symptoms and severe COVID-19 illness.
These vaccines are available to all New Yorkers 16 and older, and some people who live outside of the state but work in New York. Note: People who are 16 and 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
Due to the recommendation from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City is pausing administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as of Tuesday, April 13.
Out of an abundance of caution, if you have a vaccine appointment to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at an NYC Health + Hospitals or Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) site, it may be rescheduled. If your appointment is rescheduled you will receive an email with the new details of your appointment. For other appointments that may be booked you will be rescheduled and contacted by your provider. You will receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine instead of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine until there is further guidance from Federal agencies.
The CDC is investigating a few cases related to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and should have more information soon. If you have received the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccine in the past three weeks and are having any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider:
Please note: homebound vaccinations are suspended through Sunday, April 18th.
Public school buildings have reopened in phases for in-person learning.
In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing. Mandatory in-school testing happens weekly for a random selection of staff and students in all reopened school buildings. Exemptions will be granted only in certain limited cases.
Public School Athletic League (PSAL) sports will be phased back in with strict safety protocols, beginning in April. The season will be extended to run through the summer.
The Learning Bridges Program remain open.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's school or learning schedule, contact the school directly. For contact information, use the schools.nyc.gov School Finder.
Beginning Friday, March 19, restaurants and bars were allowed to operate indoor dining at 50% capacity.
Restaurants and bars are required to close indoor and outdoor dining from 11 PM to 5 AM daily. Takeout and delivery are still allowed after 11 PM, except for alcoholic beverages. Learn more about NY State guidance for reopening indoor dining.
As of Friday, March 5, movie theaters and billiard/pool halls are allowed to reopen in NYC. Guidelines for each industry are as follows:
The City entered Phase Four of Restart NYC on July 20. This phase includes reopening for low-risk outdoor arts & entertainment, media production, and professional sports competitions with no fans. The date for higher education, Pre-K to grade 12 schools, low-risk indoor arts & entertainment, and malls have not yet been determined.
Below is Phase Four guidance for the following:
NYC entered Phase Three of Restart NYC on July 6th. Businesses that may start operations in Phase Three include personal care services such as tattoo and piercing parlors, appearance enhancement practices, massage therapy practices, spas, cosmetology salons, nail salons, tanning salons, and waxing salons. Indoor dining will no longer be available in Phase Three.
Learn what your business needs to know to prepare for reopening.
NYC entered Phase Two of Restart NYC on June 22. Businesses that may start or expand operations included: offices, in-store retail, outdoor dining, hair salons and barbershops, real estate, commercial building management, and retail rental, repair and cleaning, vehicle sales, leases, and rentals. Learn what your business needs to know to prepare for reopening.
NYC entered Phase One of Restart NYC on June 8. Businesses that may start to reopen or expand operations included: retail, construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade. Although you can reopen your worksite, the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect employees is to continue working from home as much as possible.
All New Yorkers should get tested now, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk. There are over 150 convenient testing sites across the city. Find a testing site near you by visiting nyc.gov/covidtest.
You can find daily updates of information about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC and key public health milestones.