Recently, a new coronavirus called COVID-19 was detected in New York City. This virus can cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to pneumonia.

You can get information and resources to stay healthy and informed during the pandemic.

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Text COVID to 692-692 to get the latest updates from Notify NYC.

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As of June 15, 2021, the State's health guidance and New York Forward industry-specific guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—are now lifted for most businesses and other commercial settings.

Learn more on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety page.

The City has issued public health social distancing and face covering rules to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Learn more on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety page.


City government employees can report agencies that are not following Return to Work guidelines for social distancing or face coverings on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Workers page.

Public Parks

New York City parks and playgrounds are open, but some other facilities and spaces are closed. For a list of closures, visit the Parks page.

Open Restaurants

The Open Restaurants program aims to expand outdoor seating options for restaurants and bars. Bar and restaurant owners may apply to place outdoor seating in front of their food establishments on the sidewalk or roadway.

Learn more on the Open Restaurants page.

Open Streets

The Open Streets program closes streets to vehicle traffic to make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to stay active while maintaining social distancing.

Open Streets are available daily from 8 AM to 8 PM (unless otherwise noted).

Learn more on the Open Streets page.

Non-essential construction sites were eligible to resume work on Monday, June 8, 2020 as part of Phase 1 Restart. The Department of Buildings Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines apply to all New York City construction activity during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Learn more and report a construction site not following COVID-19 health and safety guidance on the Construction Restart Safety Complaint page.

COVID-19 is currently impacting many government offices and non-emergency services. Although the City is still available for essential services, many government offices are closed or offering limited in-person assistance.

We encourage you to:

  • Use an Agency’s online services
  • Contact them through their website, by email, or by phone
  • Check their website for the latest service updates

Visit the following pages to learn about closures or service changes for:

City Worker Return to Office

City government employees began to return to offices on May 3. Each Agency developed a "Return to Office Plan" to bring workers back safely, approved by the Mayoral Restart Taskforce.

Learn more on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Workers page.

Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Schools page for information about:

  • In-person and remote learning
  • Health and safety precautions
  • School schedules and programming models

Visit the School Calendar and Closures page for a list of school holidays and key dates.

Visit the School Reopening Complaint page to report a school not following COVID-19 health and safety rules or to make a complaint about New York City's public school reopening policy.

Nursing homes should implement policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including screening and visitation limitations.

    Learn more and report a problem with a nursing home on the Nursing Home Complaint page.

    Child care centers must follow strict safety guidelines. The Department of Health will inspect programs to verify compliance.

    Learn more on the Child Care page.

    Contact your child care provider for more information about reopening.

    Get the latest information about MTA service and rider health and safety rules on:

    As of June 25, 2021, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect. Travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms.

    All travelers, domestic and international, should continue to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel requirements.

    Learn more on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety page.