COVID Update: Phase 2 in NYC

Jun 21, 2020

Dear Friend, 


As you may know, New York City will enter Phase Two of reopening beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 22. Below is more information on what to expect.


Industries included in Phase Two are: 

  • In-person retail 
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Real estate
  • Offices
  • Vehicle sales, leases, and rentals 

All of these businesses must operate at half capacity and with mandatory COVID safeguards in place, including social distancing and facial coverings. Business guidance can be found here


If you believe your employer is not following PPE, hygiene, or social distancing guidelines, call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.


Playgrounds will also reopen during Phase Two.


Open Restaurants Program 
The City’s Open Restaurants program will allow qualifying restaurants and bars to expand outdoor seating on sidewalks, curb lanes, and Open Streets. The City has established an expedited application process in which restaurants and bars can self-certify their eligibility for outdoor seating. This 
application can be found here and more information about the program can be found here.


MTA Action Plan for a Safe Return 
Remember, face coverings are mandatory when you ride public transportation. 
Read the MTA’s Action Plan for a safe return here


You can and should get tested: find a COVID-19 testing site here.

The NYC Board of Elections is working diligently to get absentee ballots to everyone who requested one. You are still eligible to vote in person if you didn't receive your ballot.

Early Voting Sites are open today, Sunday, June 21 from 10am-4pm or you can on Vote on Election Day, Tuesday June 23 from 6am-9pm.


Find your polling site here

Voter Safety 

The BOE has the following measures in place to keep voters and poll workers safe:

  • Floor markers to help maintain social distancing 
  • Antiviral wipes will be available to use as needed. 
  • Individual stylus/pen for voters to check in on poll pads and mark their ballot, which voters can keep.
  • Voting machines will be cleaned regularly with antiseptic wipes.
  • Masks will be provided to voters who need one. Poll workers are required to wear BOE-provided masks. Sneeze guards will be utilized to protect both voters and poll workers. 
  • All Early Voting sites will be professionally sanitized after close of polls.  


Remember: face coverings are still required when 6 ft of distance between you and others is not possible. 

We’ve worked hard to get here – let's keep up the momentum and stay safe.


Stay safe and healthy,

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress