Reopening Reference Guide


Social Distance-based Business Capacities

Effective May 19, most business capacities—which are currently based upon percentage of maximum occupancy—will be removed in New York and New Jersey. Businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet. This new distance-based maximum capacity will apply across commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services, among other settings. It will also apply in houses of worship.

Event Venues

Congregate commercial and social events in New York—such as those at venues that host sports competitions, performing arts and live entertainment, and catered receptions—can exceed the social gathering limits of 500 people outdoors or 250 people indoors if all attendees over the age of four present either proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be accommodated. 

Starting May 19, large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30% capacity, which is an increase from the current 10 percent capacity limit. Large-scale outdoor event venues will operate at 33%. Social distancing, masks, and other applicable health protocols will still apply, including the requirement of attendee proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result.

Food and Beverage Industry

Indoor dining in New York City will expand to 75% capacity beginning May 7.

The 12 a.m. food and beverage curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31. 

The 1 a.m. curfew for catered events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result will be lifted May 17, with the curfew for all catered events to be lifted May 31.

Catered events can resume at residences beginning May 3 above the State's residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Also on May 3, the guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks.

Seating at bars in New York City will be allowed starting May 3.

Indoor dining capacity in New York City expanded to 50% on March 19. The rest of the state expanded to 75% capacity, and NYC outdoor dining capacity expanded to 75% as well.

Weddings and Catered Events resumed statewide on March 15. Review the safety requirements.

Sports & Racing

Large-scale outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports, can increase capacity to 33% beginning May 19.

Professional Sports in large outdoor stadiums reopened at 20% capacity on April 1. Attendees must show proof of recent negative test or immunization. Starting May 19, outdoor capacity can be increased to 33%.

Regional Sports Venues that hold 1,500+ people indoors or 2,500+ people outdoors reopened April 1 with capacity limited to 10% indoors and 20% outdoors. Starting May 19, outdoor capacity can be increased to 33%.

Collegiate Sports can bring back fans as of April 1. Venues that hold more than 1,500 attendees indoors or 2,500 attendees outdoors can host up to 10% indoor or 20% outdoor capacity. All attendees must show proof of recent negative test or immunization. Starting May 19, outdoor capacity can be increased to 33%.

Horse and auto racing venues can allow fans at 20% capacity as of April 22.

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Gyms and fitness centers statewide can increase capacity to 50% beginning May 15.

The 11 p.m. curfew in place for gyms and fitness centers was lifted April 5. 

Casino and Gaming Facilities

Casinos and gaming facilities can increase capacity to 50% beginning May 15.

The 11 p.m. curfew in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and billiards halls was lifted April 5. 

Indoor and Outdoor Arts & Entertainment

Beginning May 19, large-scale outdoor event venues will welcome more people and only be limited by the capacity necessary to comply with the CDC social distancing rules. This applies to outdoor music concerts, live entertainment, baseball games, horse races and more. Additionally, fully vaccinated attendees at these events may be seated at full capacity in assigned sections.

Broadway will reopen its doors at 100% capacity starting September 14.

Large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30% capacity starting May 19.

Arts and Entertainment Venues opened at 33% capacity on April 2. Venues can host up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. With testing, venues can host up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors. Starting May 19, outdoor capacity can be increased to 33%.

Indoor and Outdoor Amusement

Outdoor Amusement Parks opened at 33% capacity on April 9. All facilities must submit reopening plans with health protocols to the local health department.

Indoor Family Entertainment Centers opened with 25% capacity on March 26.

Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies, indoor and outdoor, will be allowed May 1 with limited capacity, depending on event size and location. Read the detailed guidance.


The outdoor non-residential social gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people on May 10.

The indoor non-residential social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people on May 19.

The outdoor residential gathering limit of 25 people is removed as of May 19, reverting to the social gathering limit of 500 people with space for appropriate social distancing.

The indoor residential gathering limit will increase from 10 to 50 people on May 19.

New York City Subway will resume 24 hour a day service beginning May 17.

Hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will expand to 75% capacity beginning May 7.

Offices can increase capacity to 75% beginning May 15.

Quarantine for domestic travel is no longer required as of April 1. Mandatory quarantine for international travel is no longer required as of April 10.