It’s been well over a week since New York entered Phase 1 of its re-opening process with great success. Since Phase 1 permits only curbside pick-up at stores and the re-starting of manufacturing and construction jobs—most New Yorkers aren’t truly affected. However, Phase 2 will see the return of many things that will. These include outdoor dining, shopping in stores, getting haircuts and more!

To better understand what’s coming in Phase 2, we’ve answered some questions you may have.

When does Phase 2 begin?

Possibly by June 22, but it’s likely not before July. Phase 1 began on June 8th and there’s a 2 week “wait and watch” period to monitor if NYC meets the seven health-related benchmarks that include hospitalization and infection data. Each of which must not show an increase in new COVID-19 cases. If these benchmarks remain in check, as they are right now, then NYC will move into Phase 2 in about two weeks.

So, if everything goes according to plan, June 22 is the possible start date for Phase 2. But everyone needs to remember what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated,  “it’s not just open the doors, and everybody has a party.”

What will open in Phase 2?

Retailers, Office jobs and realty services can re-open as long as each business has a detailed plan of how they’ll meet new state health standards and practices.

What remains closed?

Due to the close proximity of people at places such as malls, indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and amusement parks, each of these (and others like it) will remain closed – for now.

What opens in Phase 3?

Indoor dining in restaurants, food services and personal care will reopen under Phase 3. It’s necessary for everyone to do their part, as most have, to keep NYC on track to move into Phase 2 and 3. It really all comes down to what Ol’ Blue Eyes once said, “it’s up to you New York”.

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