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New York City to Start Phase Four of Reopening Monday, Comes With Restrictions

Mayor de Blasio said New York City will enter Phase IV Monday, but indoor dining, malls and museums will remain shuttered (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

July 17, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City is on track to begin Phase IV of the state’s reopening plan Monday — but indoor businesses that were slated to reopen as part of the phase will remain shuttered.

Indoor malls, museums, aquariums and other cultural centers will not reopen Monday, despite their initial inclusion in Phase IV, both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Indoor dining, which was originally set for Phase III reopening, will remain shut.

“We are moving forward with Phase IV on Monday,” de Blasio said this morning, although “with some specific approaches and modifications.”

Low-risk outdoor entertainment, such as zoos and botanical gardens, will reopen Monday as planned, but with a reduced capacity.

Professional sports without an audience and media production will also resume Monday.

The governor and mayor rejected the reopening of indoor activities, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases were skyrocketing in areas where indoor dining has been permitted.

“Indoors is where we have concerns,” de Blasio said.

“We’ve got to strike a balance and we’ve got time to look at the evidence, watch what’s happening around the country, watch what’s happening here in this city, and make further decisions on some of these pieces.”

Gov. Cuomo confirmed that New York City has been cleared to enter Phase IV on Monday in a Tweet this afternoon.

Earlier this month, the pair announced that indoor dining — which was slated to reopen with Phase III businesses on July 6 — had been postponed indefinitely.

De Blasio said indoor dining — which he called “very high risk” — will not reopen anytime soon.

Schools and higher education may also reopen in Phase IV — though public schools must meet additional requirements set by the state and many colleges have already announced they will resume classes online only in the fall.

The mayor applauded how far New York City has come since shutting down in March, but urged New Yorkers to stay disciplined.

“We’ve got to keep bringing this city back, but that’s going to take all of us playing our part.”

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When is “Phase Whatever” coming so that we can get rid of these bootlicker pols who bow to criminals???

Gardens Watcher

Heard that Brik Astoria had their liquor license temporarily suspended! Good move, Mr. Mayor. Enough of the all-night partying.

Gardens Watcher

The Mayor needs to crack down on the Steinway Street all-night partying and selling booze from car trunks. Can’t put all the cops in Brooklyn and the Bronx and ignore Queens.


Cuomo did a great job – in the beginning. Now, it seems he has let down his guard and joined so many other governors who stopped listening to science in order to promote their ambitions.

No doubt, Cuomo wants to run for president in 2024. To make his case, he needs to say that he alone, of all governors, was the wisest. I’m no longer sure of that!

The rest of the country is seeing major, major increases in the virus. One of the worst hit states is Florida. Well, where do folks from Florida, including snow birds go? New York!

Cuomo is going to Phase 4 much too early. Slow down, Andrew. Your political aspirations are not worth the lives of those of us who live in New York, and especially New York City!


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