Beginning September 30, 2020, all New York City pools can reopen.

Pool operators must limit the capacity of patrons at the bathing establishment to 33% of the normal operating capacity.

To report a bathing establishment violating this rule, go to the Pool or Sauna Complaint page.

In addition, the following types of bathing facilities must remain closed:

  • Saunas
  • Steam rooms
  • Indoor spa pools

Before indoor pools can open, pool operators must take the following steps:

Learn more about indoor pool reopening guidelines.

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
SchoolsCLOSED
Mandatory testing of 30% of students and staff for in-person settings for a month.
CLOSED
Mandatory testing of 20% of students and staff for in-person settings for a month.
OPEN
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

Worship

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.