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New York City Is Back! Here's a Helpful Reopening Timeline



As New York City continues to recover, we put together this snapshot of New York State's expected reopening timeline so you can better plan for the months ahead.


Check New York Forward's Reopening Reference Guide often for updates!


May 7

  • The New York City indoor dining capacity will increase to 75%.

  • The occupancy of personal care services, hair salons, and barber shops will expand to 75%.

May 10

  • New York will raise the outdoor social gathering limit from 200 to 500 people.

  • Large commercial and social events—such as venues hosting performing arts and live entertainment, catered receptions, and sporting events—can exceed the social gathering restrictions of 500 people outdoors or 250 people indoors, as long as the space is sufficient for required social distancing and all attendees over the age of four demonstrate proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.

May 15

  • Offices will increase their occupancy to 75%.

  • Gyms and fitness centers will increase to 50% capacity.

  • Casinos and gaming facilities will expand their capacity to 50%.

May 17

  • The MTA will resume 24-hour subway service.

  • The 12 a.m. outdoor dining curfew will be lifted.

May 19

  • The indoor non-residential limit for social gatherings will increase from 100 to 250 people.

  • The outdoor residential gathering maximum of 25 people will be removed, returning to the social gathering limit of 500 people with space for appropriate social distancing.

  • The indoor residential gathering limit will increase from 10 to 50 people.

  • Large-scale indoor event limits will increase from 10% to 30% capacity. Health protocols such as social distancing and masks will still apply, including the requirement that attendees provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID test result.

  • Large-scale outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports, will increase their capacity to 33%. Health protocols such as social distancing and masks will still apply, including the requirement that attendees provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID test result.

  • Gatherings over the social gathering limits and congregations at commercial and social events may occur if all participants over the age of four provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID test result.

  • Most business capacity limits will be removed statewide and businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties to maintain the required social distance of six feet. This will apply across commercial settings including food services, retail, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and entertainment, personal care services, and houses of worship.

May 31

  • The 12 a.m. indoor dining curfew will be lifted.


September 14

  • Broadway will reopen at full capacity.

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