COVID-19: Guidance for Businesses and Schools

Reopening Plans

New York State requires certain businesses to complete an online reopening plan form for the NYC Health Department before reopening. Such plans are required from the following businesses:

Scheduled Event Notification

New York State requires certain venue operators to complete an online notification form for the NYC Health Department at least five days before a scheduled event. This notification is required for the following types of events:

Amateur Sports

Outdoor competitive play for high-risk sports, as defined by New York State, may resume in NYC in mid-April. This includes competitive team practices, games, scrimmages, meets, matches and tournaments.

Competitive play for low- and moderate-risk sports, as defined by New York State, is currently permitted.

The Public School Athletic League will begin phasing in strength and conditioning training. Competitions will resume in mid-April.

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.

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.

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

Restaurants and other food service establishments in New York City can offer indoor dining at 50% of maximum capacity. Establishments may also still offer outdoor dining, pick-up and delivery. Restaurants may stay open until midnight.

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


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