Directives for gatherings and facilities, including parks

Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • 3/22/2020 Stay-At-Home (PAUSE) Coronavirus Order Issued For New York State.

Businesses and government offices that rely on in-office personnel must have 100% of their employees work from home. Exceptions will be made for essential businesses and services, including the shipping industry, warehouses, grocery and food production, pharmacies, media, banks and related financial institutions, and businesses essential to the supply chain. Read more about essential businesses as listed in Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order:

What is "Stay-at-Home" or PAUSE?
In general, this means that people would not be allowed to leave their homes except for essentials such as groceries and medicine or emergencies. Businesses that do not provide essential services must close and send workers home. Businesses considered essential could include grocery stores, restaurants that do take out service, pharmacies, and hardware stores. Public transportation will continue to operate to get nurses, doctors, law enforcement officers, and other essential personnel where they need to go. Everyone else: Limit the use of public transportation to only when necessary.

  • Matilda's Law is intended to protect New Yorkers aged 70+ and those immunocompromised. This law directs the public to remain indoors, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, ask visitors to wear masks, and social distance of at least six feet.
  • Fleet Week (May 20-26) is cancelled
  • 3/17/2020 Bars, Restaurants and Entertainment Venues Closed.
    Restaurants, bars and cafes can only serve take-out and delivery. You can continue to order directly from businesses or use third-party delivery services. Alcoholic beverages will now also be available for delivery, as a part of this rule. This is not a permanent change and would only be in effect for the duration of the mandatory closures.
  • Temporary closure of all indoor portions of retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys.For details, visit the NYC Department of Health website: 
  • Bars that do not serve food, along with nightclubs, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues must all close until further notice.
  • Temporary closure of all indoor portions of retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys.
    [These rules apply to NY, NJ, CT, PA]
  • **New York State has "Stay-at-Home" guidance.
    CDC recommends no more than 10 people.
  • NYC Public School Buildings Closed,  New York City public schools begin Remote Learning on March 23 for until at least Spring Recess and possibly until the end of the term.
  • 3/21/2020 Barber shops, nail and hair salons, tattoo shops, and similar personal care services will be closed until further notice.
  • 3/23/2020 City parks and playgrounds are open, with the exception of the High Line. Comfort stations within parks will remain open, and will continue to be cleaned and resupplied regularly. If anyone observes a comfort station that is not properly supplied, the best way to route the report is via 311, so the agency can be immediately notified and the matter can be addressed accordingly. The CDC recommends the practice of social distancing, maintaining a 6' space between people. Also remember to wash your hands after touching things in the parks and playgrounds. Check the Parks Department website for updates:
  • As of 3/17/2020, all City recreation centers and nature centers were closed to the public until further notice. NYC Parks has cancelled all events with 50 or more expected attendees through April 12th, inclusing tournaments and sport practices, special events and programs.
  • 3/27/2020 Governor Cuomo has announced that all non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction. Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.
  • Doctor visits: People are asked to reschedule non-essential visits, including dental. Some doctors offices offer virtual visits (Medicare Telehealth and other platforms). Some doctor's offices are asking people to come alone if they can, and to keep 6' away from the reception desk and from other patients in the waiting room, you may be asked to wear a mask. Some offices are dividing appointments between sick patients and well patients, or giving senior citizens their own time slot. Doctor's offices are now able to test for Covid-19 on a limited basis for the highest risk patients. If you are feeling severely ill, and in particular, are having trouble breathing, do not delay seeking medical care. If you are unable to go to a local emergency room, then call 911. Warn 911 if you have risks for having the coronavirus (recent travel or exposure to a known case).
  • The Department of Buildings has sent an industry-wide notification to contractors and construction professionals in New York City, advising them to take all necessary precautions on construction sites to protect their workers and the public, and special care in following DOHMH guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19. In the event a construction site is closed down by contractors for a prolonged period of time due to illness, cleaning, or merely as a precaution, contractors should first inform the Department by sending an email to, and take appropriate measures to properly secure the site.
  • Buildings that have areas that are open to the public are taking extra precautions with cleaning and disinfecting. Residential buildings may ask residents to reschedule work on their apartments, including moving, to self-quarantine for 14 days if they have recently been to countries with a high incidence of COVID-19 (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and most of Europe), or if they test positive for it. For Tenants/Landlords - Disinfection Guidance for Buildings:
  • Preventive Elevator Measures:
    • Limit the number of people getting into each car, or even better, do not ride an elevator with other people unless they are in your party.
    • Wait for the next elevator, or take the stairs instead, which is a good source of exercise.
    • Do not push elevator buttons with your bare finger if you can help it (and if you forget, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right away). Use your elbow, a gloved finger, a tissue, or your sleeve to cover your finger.
  • DOHMH's newly released guidance, Sex and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), to learn ways to protect yourself and your partner during sex in the time of COVID-19.




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