COVID-19: Guidance for Businesses and Schools

Indoor Dining Reopening

As of February 12, restaurants and other food service establishments in New York City can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity. Establishments may also still offer outdoor dining, pick-up and delivery.

Also, starting on Sunday, February 14, bars and restaurants may stay open until 11 p.m.


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.

    Starting on Sunday, February 14, bars and restaurants may stay open until 11 p.m.

    Restaurants may still provide curbside pick-up or delivery of food orders after the required closing time, 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

    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

    Starting February 12, restaurants and other food service establishments in New York City can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity. Establishments may also still offer outdoor dining, pick-up and delivery.

    Learn about the steps you must take before reopening:

    You can download COVID-19 posters and flyers for food service establishments, or call 311 to order printed versions.

    Sports, Arts and Entertainment

    Retail

    Personal Care Services

    Commercial Offices

    Construction

    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