NYC reopens with Phase 4 after coronavirus shutdown
New York City kicks off Phase Two of reopening following the coronavirus outbreak on Monday, June 22, 2020. The second phase opens up outdoor dining, in-store retail, hair salons, barbershops, real estate services, houses of worship. Offices will also be allowed to open, sending around 300,000 people back to work. On Monday, July 6, 2020, NYC entered Phase Three, reopening tattoo parlors, nail and tanning salons, spas, massage parlors and dog runs. The Parks Department also reopened courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc. and the Staten Island Ferry resumed regular rush hour service. While indoor dining was supposed to be included, Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed indefinitely due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. New York City entered Phase 4 on Monday, July 20, 2020, reopening low-risk outdoor venues, like zoos and botanical gardens, as well as production of media and TV shows, fanless pro sports and the partial reopening of Liberty Island.