So, what does phase 4 really look like? Here is a breakdown of what has changed and has not changed.
What’s now open
Generally speaking, some cultural sites, such as zoos and botanical gardens, may open for outdoor activities at 33% of the total capacity of the sites. This was good news for some: four city zoos and the New York Botanical Garden announced their opening to the public by the end of the month, while the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will open to the general public in early August.
Professional sport can resume, but without fans. Media production also gets the green light, strengthening the industries involved in film, television and music making.
This is in addition to everything that opened up in previous phases, such as outdoor dining, offices and personal care services, including hair and nail salons.
What is left out
Indoor dining is still not allowed. Originally, it was an activity that would have been permitted under Phase 3, but officials have linked the reopening of indoor restaurants – and indoor bars – to epidemics elsewhere in the country.
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In fact, the restrictions have become even stricter: Authorities last week banned the sale of alcohol to customers who don’t also buy food, in a bid to quell the crowds of outdoor drinkers.
Also excluded from phase 4: reopening of gymnasiums, shopping centers, cinemas and museums.
There is no specific timeline for when and how these sites could reopen.
Governor Cuomo made it clear on Friday that the state was preparing for “the potential for a second wave” as epidemics in the west and south of the nation threatened to spread across the state.