COVID-19: Guidance for Businesses and Schools

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.

Learn about additional requirements for all nonpublic and charter schools in NYC.

New Restaurant and Gym Restrictions

Starting Friday, November 13, 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

As of September 30, 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