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.

The closures and new rules will take effect on Thursday, October 8th and will last for at least 14 days.

Type of ActivityRed ZoneOrange ZoneYellow Zone
Remote only
Mandatory weekly testing of a portion of students and staff for in-person settings. 
BusinessesEssential businesses openEssential and low-risk non-essential businesses open *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, outdoor and indoor dining allowed

4 person maximum per table

Worship25% capacity
10 people maximum
33% capacity
25 people maximum
50% capacity

* High-risk non-essential businesses must be closed, including gyms and fitness centers and personal care services (such as barbers, hair salons, 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.