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NYC Enters Phase Three Today

Businesses that may start operations once NYC has clearance to enter into 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.

Note: Indoor dining will no longer be available in Phase Three. 

Learn what your business needs to know to prepare for reopening:

For additional information on Phase Three reopening guidelines, click here.

If you are unclear which phase your business is included in, you can use this tool to check . These guidelines and requirements may change, so please check the New York Forward site regularly. If you have any questions, you can call, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

Apply to be an Open Restaurant
NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times.

There are two options for temporary expanded outdoor dining:

  • Open Restaurants – Individual food establishment may apply below and self-certify.
  • Open Streets: Restaurants – Community based organizations, BIDs or groups of three (3) or more restaurants on a single block may join together to apply online for expanded weekend-only outdoor dining on closed streets. More information and locations on the Open Streets: Restaurants program page.

These programs are designed to assist existing food establishments that have been authorized by the Governor of the State of New York to re-open under Phase Two and want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. This application is only for food establishments seeking permission to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk and/or roadway. You do not need to apply to place outdoor seating on private property.

NYC's approach prioritizes geographic equity and allows us to reach the areas most impacted by COVID-19.

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