New York City is all set to reopen in its phase 3 and lift lockdown restrictions on Monday, July 6.
However, in phase 3 opening the city will see the reopening of tattoo parlors, nail salons, and other personal care services. But, indoor dining is not open yet.
Though indicators like new cases and hospitalizations have been promisingly low, the city’s reopening is a phase behind New York state’s rollback of lockdowns due to the unique nature of trying to maintain safety measures in the city, particularly in restaurants.
“We are going to postpone phase three indoor dining for New York City until the facts change and it is prudent to open. At this point, it isn’t prudent. This is a New York City-only modification because frankly, it’s a problem that is most pronounced in New York City,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on July 1.
Restaurants Open in Outdoor Setup
However, the city reopened its restaurants for outdoor seating since June 22. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would discuss with the state about taking a step further and allow the restaurants to operate for indoor dining.
Furthermore, the Mayor requested the New Yorkers to follow the hygiene and safety measures that the state had implemented.
“As we end this holiday weekend, I urge everyone to be New York Tough: wear a mask, socially distance, use hand sanitizer and continue the smart practices that have made our state a national leader in combatting this virus,” Cuomo said.
Sports Courts are Back
The city plans to open other recreation venues in phase three. These include dog runs and basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball, and bocce courts for people.
However, the businesses that have opened in phase three must follow strict safety protocols, to contain the outbreak.
They must close waiting rooms to avoid crowding. Moreover, they must reduce the inside business capacity to 50 percent. Workers must maintain six feet distance from customers except during the service. However, face masks will be mandatory at all times.
Restrictions for Salons
According to the official guidelines, the salons must not provide personal care services. In which the customer has to remove the face mask. These kinds of services include facial waxing or piercing are a strict no.
However, when the state and city announced positive coronavirus test rates were hovering around 1.3 percent last week. Businesses must get their employees tested for COVID-19 every 14 days.
Guidelines For Businesses
In addition, they must also do health screenings by asking the employees to fill questionnaires. In which they can mention their symptoms or temperature checks on a daily basis.
However, according to the guidelines customers are free from the requirement of health screenings. But businesses are encouraged to maintain a log of employees and customers should contact tracing be necessary.
New York City was previously the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with new daily cases peaking in early April around 6,300 according to a data. But since July 3, the number had fallen to 50.