COVID-19: RESTART Guidance for Businesses

New Requirement for Bars and Restaurants

On July 16, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order requiring bars and restaurants with certain State Liquor Authority licenses to only serve alcohol when accompanied by a food order.

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.

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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. Reopening dates have not yet been determined for schools, indoor arts and entertainment or malls.

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. The reopening date for expanded food services has not yet been determined.

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