Reopening: What You Need To Know

What You Need To Know

Public Gatherings: Indoor and outdoor gatherings statewide at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people beginning Friday, November 13, at 10 p.m. Existing non-essential gathering limits are in effect otherwise.

Bars, Restaurants, Gyms: Bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Masks & Face Coverings: Individuals must wear face coverings when they are in a public and are: within six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.

Executive Order 202.16 directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.

Business operations: Executive Order 202.34 authorizes businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. 

Ski Resorts: Reopened with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Movie theaters outside of New York City reopened on October 23, 2020 at 25% capacity with no more than 50 people allowed in front of each screen. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones.

School Graduations: Outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people were allowed beginning June 26, 2020, subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics. Schools will also be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year.

Summer School: Will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spread. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue.

Summer Camps: Summer day camps statewide opened on June 29, 2020. 

Higher Education: The State will issue guidance to colleges and universities to allow some in person instruction and on-campus housing and for the fall semester. Campuses must develop a plan, which attests to meeting the guidance and file plans with the State.

Youth Sports: Low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening began on July 6, 2020 with up to two spectators allowed per child.

Veterinarians: Practices were permitted to open in all regions of the state on May 26, 2020.

Dentists: Offices reopened statewide on June 1, 2020. They are subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.

Medical Schools: Medical schools statewide were allowed to reopen on June 22, 2020, following appropriate precautions, in order to safely prepare for and welcome new cohorts of medical students this summer and fall. 

Hospital Visitation: Hospitals and group homes were allowed to accept visitors at their discretion starting June 16, 2020. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks. The prohibition on nursing home visitors remains in place as the state Department of Health continues to review.

Travelers:  All New York State roads, bridges and tunnels remain open. Essential travel is still allowed. That said, the public is urged to stay home and travel only if necessary. Be sure to practice social distancing. For current status of road and bridge closures in New York State, please visit or call 511.  It is also recommend that you contact the local county health department for the area you plan to visit/travel through.

State Parks: State Parks are open and entrance fees have been waived. There are certain parking and trail restrictions. See NYS Parks COVID-19 page for more details.

Golf at State Parks: Golf courses operated by State Parks were permitted to open on April 25, 2020. Operating schedules will differ across the state. Call the course directly for current information.

Camping & Pavilion/Shelters: Campgrounds and RV parks opened statewide on May 25. Visit the NYS Parks camping page for details.

Marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers: Allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. 

Landscaping, Gardening, Tennis & Drive-In-Movie Theaters: These and other low-risk business and recreational activities reopened statewide on May 15, 2020.

New York Beaches: In coordination with neighboring states, public and private beaches opened under these guidelines on May 22, 2020.

Horse Race Tracks and Watkins Glen: Horse racing tracks across the state and Watkins Glen International Racetrack opened without fans on June 1, 2020.

File a Complaint

If you are aware of any non-essential gatherings or any non-essential businesses or entities operating in violation of "New York on PAUSE" please choose the appropriate complaint below.

Governor Cuomo also announced the state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. The Governor reminded localities that they have the authority to enforce the protocols.

File a complaint against your employer or place of work.

File a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community.

You may also call 1-833-789-0470.