COVID Update: Phase 2 in NYC
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
- 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.
REMINDER: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING
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.
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