Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Child care centers are open and are allowed to operate in red, orange, and yellow COVID-19 hot zones.

Centers must follow strict safety guidelines including:

  • No more than 15 children per room, social distancing
  • Face coverings for staff and children
  • Daily health screenings
  • Frequent cleanings and disinfection
  • Limited sharing of items, including toys

The Department of Health will inspect programs to verify compliance.

Contact your child care provider for more information about reopening.

Get health and safety guidelines for child care centers.

Need something else?

You can get information about permitted, licensed, and registered child care programs. Some of these programs are partially paid for by the City. Others are private and will require you to pay for the full cost of the program.

Child care programs include:

  • Group child care during the day or at night for children 3 to 5 years of age
  • Infant-toddler care for children 0 to 2 years of age
  • Home-based or after school child care services

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in certain neighborhoods, the City is implementing restrictions for businesses, schools, and gatherings in three zones identified by the State—red, orange, yellow. Red zones are the areas of the most concern and the greatest restrictions.

Citywide Restrictions

All public school buildings closed on Thursday, November 19 and will reopen in phases. To learn more, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Schools page.

As of Monday, December 14, all restaurants, bars, catering halls, clubs, manufacturers with tasting rooms, and other food service establishments in New York City must close indoor dining until further notice.Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are still allowed. Restaurants and bars are still required to close outdoor dining from 10 PM to 5 AM daily. Takeout and delivery are still allowed after 10 PM, except for alcoholic beverages.

As of Friday, November 13, all gyms and fitness centers must close from 10 PM to 5 AM daily.

Manhattan COVID Zones

  • Effective November 25, a yellow zone, which covers a large portion of upper Manhattan, has been added. (Effective date for non-public schools was November 30)

Staten Island COVID Zones

  • Effective November 25, the entire borough of Staten Island has been covered by either an orange or a yellow zone. (Effective date for non-public schools in portions of Staten Island with zone color changes was November 30)

Bronx COVID Zones

  • Effective November 19, two yellow zones, which cover large portions of the Bronx, have been added.

Brooklyn COVID Zones

  • Effective November 19, the orange zone has moved to yellow.
  • Effective November 19, the pre-existing yellow zone has been removed.

Queens COVID Zones

  • Effective November 19, the Queens yellow zone has been expanded.
Type of ActivityRed ZoneOrange ZoneYellow Zone
Mandatory testing of 30% of students and staff for in-person settings for a month.
Mandatory testing of 20% of students and staff for in-person settings for a month.
Mandatory testing of 20% of students and staff for in-person settings for 2 weeks.
BusinessesEssential businesses openOpen, with additional restrictions for high-risk businesses *Open
Mass GatheringsProhibited10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
DiningDelivery and takeout only

Delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only

4 person maximum per table

Delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only

4 person maximum per table


50% capacity

50% capacity50% capacity

* High-risk non-essential businesses:

  • Gyms, fitness centers and classes must operate at 25% capacity. 
  • Barber shops, hair salons, and other personal care services can provide services so long as employees performing services are tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. Other personal care services include spas, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail technicians and nail salons, cosmetologists, estheticians, laser hair removal, and electrolysis.

The City has created a zone look-up tool to help New Yorkers check which zone they are located in.

Use the COVID-19 Zone Finder.

To report a business in a COVID-19 zone not following zone guidelines, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Zone Business Complaint page.

To report a school not following COVID-19 health and safety rules, visit the School Reopening Complaint page.


NYC Child Care Connect is an online portal that includes a group child care center directory and a free messaging service that parents and caregivers can sign up for to receive notifications about specific child care centers. 

To compare child care centers, you can review: 

  • Recent inspection reports
  • Violations issued 
  • Staff turnover

Access NYC Child Care Connect and sign up for the messaging service.

Get tips for choosing a day care provider.

By Phone

You can get a list of licensed and registered child care programs through the Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

The Living for the Young Family through Education (LYFE) Program provides day care services for children, ages 8 weeks to 3 years old, of students still attending school. This program tries to meet the specialized needs of young families.


Learn about day care for parenting teens who are in school.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.




As of January 1, 2019, all group child care programs and school-based child care programs must keep at least two epinephrine auto-injectors with retractable needles on-site. These auto-injectors must be dosed for children. At least one staff person trained in using the auto-injector must be on-site whenever children are present.

This requirement does not apply to home-based family day care programs.


Learn more about epinephrine.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.