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Everything You Need to Know About What's Open in New York

Everything You Need to Know About What's Open in New York

We answered your questions about safely having fun with your family despite coronavirus.

Updated Sept. 9: New York is slowly but surely reopening, and we want to help you and your family navigate the reopening of our state, whether you live at the heart of Manhattan or all the way out East in Suffolk County. Check back here for New York metro area reopening updates, tips and guidelines for taking on family fun safely, and everything you need to know about the reopening of schools in New York.

What is open in New York?

  • Low-risk, outdoor arts and entertainment—including zoos and botanical gardens at 33 percent capacity
  • Indoor arts and entertainment, including museums and aquariums at 25 percent capacity
  • Film and movie production
  • Colleges, universities, and other higher education
  • Professional sports without fans
  • Indoor religious gatherings up to 33 percent capacity
  • Social gatherings of up to 50 people

Indoor dining will be permitted to reopen in NYC on Sept. 30 at 25 percent capacity with an extensive set of rules, according to Cuomo.

Many popular New York City attractions are reopening as well, including the High Line, the Top of the Rock, the GIANT Roomthe 9/11 Memorial, the Bronx Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and the Queens Zoo. You can also go...

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Everything you need to have safe fun in New York with your family:

What New York beaches are open and how do I stay safe when I visit them?

Can I swim in backyard and public pools during coronavirus?

When will playgrounds in my area open and how can I keep my kids safe?

What will school look like for 2020-2021?

RELATED: Many NYC Catholic Schools Closed as a Result of COVID-19

What restaurants in my area are open and how will I stay safe eating at them?

How do I go to the dentist safely during coronavirus?

  • Dentist offices are taking a lot of CDC recommended safety measures to keep you safe when you come in for routine dental work. Here's what you need to know.

Can my kids have a playdate during coronavirus?

How do I play tennis safely during coronavirus?

When can I get a haircut in New York and how do I do it safely?

Can my kids play sports?

Can my family and friends meet my newborn?

How will child care centers keep my kids safe when they reopen?

RELATED: This is Mayor Bill de Blasio's childcare plan for the fall

Can I ride public transportation?

Can we visit the grandparents during Coronavirus?

  • Wendy Proskin, M.D., of Westmed Medical Group says the best thing you can do is not see your older parents right now—that’s the only thing that will truly keep them safe. However, she understands that you miss them so if you do take the risk, maintain six feet distance and wear masks for the entirety of the visit. If you plan to spend the whole day together, have your entire family quarantine (real, true quarantine) for two weeks prior to visiting. Don't let grandparents hold newborns and ideally you should be outside during the visit. For 100% safety, Zoom and FaceTime can be fun 'visits' in their own ways.

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How do I reassure my kids that it's safe to go out?

How do I keep my toddler safe if she isn't supposed to wear a mask?

Can I breastfeed if I have coronavirus?

Can I go on a trip during coronavirus?


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Author: Melissa Wickes, a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, is the production editor for NYMetroParents. When she's not writing, she can be found playing the guitar or eating pasta. See More

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