COVID-19: RESTART Guidance for Businesses

Non-Public School Requirements

Prekindergarten to grade 12 non-public schools in areas with recent increases of COVID-19 cases now have new requirements for in-person instruction. These requirements were announced September 25 in a Health Commissioner's Order (PDF).

The order applies to schools in the following ZIP codes: 11204, 11210, 11219, 11223, 11229, 11230, 11415 and 11691.

Learn more about what schools need to do to reopen for in-person instruction:

More information on the new rules will be posted here soon.

Reopening September 30

Indoor Dining

Beginning September 30, restaurants and other food service establishments in New York City can reopen for indoor dining.

Learn about the steps you must take before reopening:

Indoor Pools

Beginning September 30, indoor pools in the city can reopen. Spa pools, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed.

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.

For any information not provided here about NYC's reopening, email

Schools and Child Care

When they are permitted to open, prekindergarten to grade 12 schools must follow New York State requirements for in-person instruction.

If you operate a child care program, learn more about what you need to know before reopening.


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

Phase Four (Started July 20)

The City started Phase Four of its reopening on Monday, July 20. This phase includes reopening or expanded operations for outdoor arts and entertainment, media production, professional sports and higher education.

Phase Four guidance for:

Phase Three (Started July 6)

The City started Phase Three of its reopening on Monday, July 6. This phase includes reopening or expanded operations for personal care services such as tattoo parlors and spas.

Phase Three guidance for:

Phase Two (Started June 22)

The City started Phase Two of its reopening on Monday, June 22. This phase includes more commercial offices, retail businesses and food services opening or expanding.

Phase Two guidance for:

Phase One (Started June 8)

NYC's first phase of reopening started on June 8. Businesses that started to reopen or expand operations in this phase included retail, construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade.

Phase One guidance for:

RESTART Tools for Businesses

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

Additional Recent Guidance

Other NYC Resources