COVID-19: Guidance for Businesses and Schools

Indoor Dining Not Allowed

As of December 14, 2020, restaurants and other food service establishments in New York City are no longer allowed to open for indoor dining. They may still offer outdoor dining, pick-up and delivery.

NYC has begun its phased RESTART. Below are the most up-to-date guidance and requirements for NYC businesses that have reopened or will do so soon.

Remember, even when you reopen your worksite, the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect employees is to continue allowing them to work from home as much as possible.

Recent Guidance

School and Business Restrictions

Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases in certain neighborhoods, schools and businesses in those neighborhoods must temporarily close or have limited in-person services. Areas of the city have been designated as Red, Orange or Yellow zones based on their number of cases, and each type of zone has different restrictions.

Learn more below about what these restrictions mean and whether your facility is located in a zone of concern.

  • COVID-19 Zone Finder
  • Learn about additional requirements for all nonpublic and charter schools in NYC.

    Restaurant and Gym Restrictions on Hours

    Bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers are required to be closed daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This restriction also applies to any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment.

    Restaurants may still provide curbside pick-up or delivery of food orders after 10 p.m., but they cannot take alcohol orders. The State Liquor Authority will issue further guidance for licensees.

    Reopening Health Guidance and Rules

    General FAQs for Employers and Employees

    Schools, Child Care, Camp and Higher Education

    Gyms and Indoor Pools


    Gyms can reopen once the owner has:

    By completing these forms, a facility is affirming it has met COVID-19-related New York State requirements and is ready for inspection.

    Indoor fitness classes will remain closed in New York City until further notice. Health and safety remain the number one priority as the City reopens.

    Resources for Gyms

    Indoor Pools

    Indoor pools in the city can reopen. Spa pools, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed.

    Restaurants and Food Services

    Arts and Entertainment


    Personal Care Services

    Commercial Offices


    Real Estate and Property Management

    Vehicle Sales/Leasing/Rentals and Operators

    Media Production

    Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade

    Religious and Funeral Services

    RESTART Tools for Businesses

    The following resources can help businesses meet the State's requirements to reopen.

    Additional Resources