COVID-19 Facts and Updates

March 5th, 2020

What You Need to Know About New York City's Localized Restrictions

COVID-19 continues to spread in New York City (NYC) with concerning increases in community transmission in certain neighborhoods. NYC is taking action by implementing restrictions in three zones identified by the State — red, orange, yellow. Find out if you are in a Covid-19 Hotspot Zone.

Red Zone

Schools: All New York City public schools and nonpublic schools must close and return to full remote learning.

Businesses: All nonessential businesses are required to close. Only essential businesses as designated by New York State Empire State Development Corporation can remain open.

Food Service Establishments: Restaurants, bars, cafes, and other food service establishments can provide takeout and delivery service only. No indoor or outdoor dining is allowed.

Houses of Worship: Houses of worship may remain open at 25% capacity, up to a maximum of 10 people, whichever is fewer.

Gatherings: Non-essential gatherings of any size are prohibited and must be postponed or canceled. Any individual who encourages, promotes, or organizes mass gatherings may be fined up to $15,000/day.

Orange Zone

Schools: All New York City public schools and nonpublic schools must close and return to full remote learning.

Businesses: Businesses including gyms and fitness centers, and personal care services, including barbers, hair salons, spas, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail technicians and nail salons, cosmetologists, estheticians, the provision of laser hair removal and electrolysis, etc. must close.

Food Service Establishments: Restaurants, bars, cafes, and other food service establishments can provide outdoor dining and takeout and delivery service only. There is a four-person maximum per table. No indoor dining is allowed.

Houses of Worship: Houses of worship may remain open at 33% capacity, up to a maximum of 25 people, whichever is fewer.

Gatherings: Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people for both indoor and outdoor settings. Any individual who encourages, promotes, or organizes mass gatherings may be fined up to $15,000/day.

Yellow Zone

Schools: All New York City public schools and nonpublic schools may remain open. Testing guidance will be issued by New York State on Friday, 10/9/2020.

Businesses: All businesses may remain open but must follow COVID-19 requirements for their sector.

Food Service Establishments: Indoor and outdoor dining is allowed. There is a four-person maximum per table.

Houses of Worship: Houses of worship may remain open at 50% maximum capacity.

Gatherings: Non-essential gatherings must be limited to 25 people maximum for both indoor and outdoor settings. Any individual who encourages, promotes, or organizes mass gatherings may be fined up to $15,000/day.


Restart NYC – Guidance for Phase Four

The City entered Phase Four of Restart NYC on July 20. This phase includes reopening for low-risk outdoor arts & entertainment, media production, and professional sports competitions with no fans. The date for higher education, Pre-K to grade 12 schools, low-risk indoor arts & entertainment, and malls have not yet been determined.

Below is Phase Four guidance for the following:

How You Can Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

  • Stay home if sick
    Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
  • Keep physical distance
    Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Keep your hands clean
    Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a face covering
    You can be contagious without symptoms. Protect those around you by wearing a face covering.
  • If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993), PLEASE answer the phone. 

Restart NYC – Guidance for the Previous Phases 

Phase Three: Businesses that may start operations in Phase Three include personal care services such as tattoo and piercing parlors, appearance enhancement practices, massage therapy practices, spas, cosmetology salons, nail salons, tanning salons, and waxing salons.

Phase Two: Businesses that may start or expand operations included: offices, in-store retail, outdoor dining, hair salons and barbershops, real estate, commercial building management, and retail rental, repair, and cleaning, vehicle sales, leases, and rentals.

Phase One: Businesses that may start to reopen or expand operations included: retail, construction, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Links


Upper East Side Local Businesses During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Community Board 8 is trying to keep businesses and residents connected with a listing of all the open businesses in our community during the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While this is the most up to date list that we have, we encourage you to check with the businesses as things are quickly evolving.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Past Updates from CB8