The President, the Governor of New York, and the Mayor of New York City have declared a state of emergency to deal with the spread of the virus. This allows Federal, State, and City agencies and municipalities to take certain actions related to spending and protocols to streamline services. It does not require individual New Yorkers to take any actions.
To protect the public, encourage social distancing, and streamline services, new rules have been put in place and some existing regulations have been suspended.
Essential Services and Workplaces
The State has issued an Executive Order that all non-essential businesses must close in-personnel functions. This order went into effect Sunday, March 22 at 8 PM. Businesses that rely on in-office workers must decrease their in-office workforce by 100%, excluding essential services.
Essential services exempt from the order include:
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Bike repair shops
- Grocery and food production
- Healthcare providers
- Restaurants, bars and cafes (limited to food take-out and delivery only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol.)
- Taxis and car services
Get information and guidance on essential services under the State Executive Order.
- Casinos, gyms, nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, concert and entertainment venues must all close.
- Shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys must close.
- All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM.
If you are an employee in a non-essential industry and your employer does not permit telecommuting, go to the Labor Law page.
The Governor has ordered that all non-essential construction must shut down as of March 27, 2020. Essential and Emergency Construction may continue.
The Executive Order defines Essential Construction as work on:
- Transit facilities
- Hospitals or health care facilities
- Affordable housing and homeless shelters
Emergency Construction is defined as:
- Projects necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants
- Continuing a project that would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, until it is safe to shut the site.
This order doesn’t apply to work being done by a single worker or if there is only one employee or worker at a job site.
Learn more about the Executive Order.
Alternate Side Parking
Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect throughout the City.
The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability.
Any New Yorker under isolation who has received a ticket can appeal to the Department of Finance and should provide medical documentation or testimony, which will be taken into consideration when their case is reviewed. To learn how to dispute a parking ticket, visit the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Dispute page.
The State has enacted Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70 and older and those with compromised immune systems:
- Remain indoors
- Can go outside for solitary exercise
- Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
- Wear a mask in the company of others
- Stay at least 6 feet from others
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary
New York City parks and playgrounds are open. All park goers are asked to take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe. Solo exercise is okay, however team sports (such as basketball, football, softball and soccer) are not permitted in parks at this time. Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when outside and avoid gathering in groups.
Park restrooms are open and cleaned daily with appropriate cleaning products to ensure that they are being fully disinfected.
Ice skating rinks, amusement parks and carousels, indoor tennis facilities, souvenir shops and more are closed.
Green Thumb community gardens can remain open or closed at the discretion of each garden group. NYC Parks and Green Thumb expect that most gardens will remain closed for the short term.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global impact of coronavirus.
As of March 11th, foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries are restricted from traveling to the United States. This does not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Learn more about international travel restrictions and advisories.
Pool Rides in For-Hire Vehicles
To protect the safety of drivers and passengers, the City has temporarily banned pooled rides in TLC-licensed high volume (Uber, Lyft, and Via) for-hire vehicles. This ban does not apply to paratransit vehicles.