NBC New York reports:
New York City joins the rest of the Empire State in Phase IV, the last step of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan Monday, but a few key activities like indoor dining remain held back as the nation’s former COVID-19 epicenter attempts to avoid a surge in new cases like the one swallowing many states in the South and West.
Low-risk outdoor venues like zoos and botanical gardens reopen for the first time in four months Monday with strict capacity limits (33 percent in any given area) and mandatory COVID precautions in place. Production of media and TV shows can also return, as well as fanless pro sports.
The rest of the state has continued indoor dining and can open malls and museums. In announcing his decision last week, the governor cited ongoing compliance concerns in the city as well as the unique and profound impact of its density.
NYC has been cleared to enter Phase 4 of reopening, starting Monday, July 20.
Phase 4 will not include indoor activity in malls, restaurants or cultural institutions at this point.
I’m so proud of what New Yorkers have done. But we must continue to be on alert.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 17, 2020
Phase 4 of NYC’s reopening starts today, Monday, July 20. The following will be opening:
— Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) July 20, 2020