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Dear Friends,

New York City is now in Phase 1 of Reopening. After three months on PAUSE, this progress represents a real milestone— our individual and collective efforts to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus are succeeding.

As the City reopens, we find ourselves at an inflection point. The pandemic has exposed wide-ranging racial disparities, and a global outcry against racial injustice has foregrounded the need for fundamental changes in the systems that perpetuate disparity. This period of recovery offers an opportunity for each of us to develop an awareness of our respective roles and abilities to actively support, promote and create meaningful systemic change. It is work that we need to engage in now, today, and every day moving forward.


Under the state’s New York Forward plan, businesses eligible to reopen in Phase 1 include: retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or delivery), construction, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool on the New York State website.

Film permit restrictions are extended through June 30. We will continue to post updates on film permitting on the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) website.

New York City restaurants and bars are currently authorized to operate with take-out and delivery service only. Please note that New York City’s open container law is still in effect; consumption or possession of an open container of alcohol in public places is prohibited. MOME’s Office of Nightlife has developed physical distancing guidelines for restaurants and bars and downloadable window posters reminding everyone to Take Out, Don’t Hang Out when supporting local businesses.

Information and guidelines for businesses reopening in Phase 1 are available at Translations of Phase 1 safety plan and guidelines for construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and more are available. Each business must develop a written Safety Plan for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Businesses may fill out this template or develop their own Safety Plan, which must be retained on the premises of the business and made available to the New York State Department of Health or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

The MTA has increased service on subways and buses for Phase 1 and essential workers. The MTA’s Phase 1 Action Plan also includes intensified cleaning procedures, social distancing yellow  floor markers and distribution of hand sanitizer and face coverings.

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is offering New York business owners a new set of resources to help them navigate the recovery and re-opening process. Small Business Advocates and Compliance Advisors will monitor a small business hotline — 888-SBS-4NYC or 888-727-4692 — to answer questions about the latest guidelines and regulations. SBS is also hosting Small Business Resource Fairs to provide information about requirements and guidelines to re-opening, safety plans, financial assistance, regulatory changes, employee support, licensing, inspections, and more.

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) offers information about reopening requirements and health and safety guidelines for the workplace, including FAQs for NYC Workers and an update about workplace laws for employers and employees to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition they have set up a Worker Protection Hotline at 311 or 1-212-436-0381 for questions about reopening or to report an employer that is not following reopening requirements.

DCWP and SBS also are working with business-serving partner organizations throughout the five boroughs to distribute 2 million free face coverings citywide to small businesses and their employees. If you are a small business looking to secure free face coverings for your employees, information is available here.

Phase 2 of reopening in New York City will include offices, outdoor dining and certain aspects of pre- and post-production, as well as principal photography with a maximum of 10 people (inclusive of cast and crew). We will continue to update as additional guidance becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage industry stakeholders to review Phase 1 guidance for businesses and employees referenced above for examples of what may be required for Phase 2 of reopening.

Now through July 4, MOME’s Music for the Soul program in partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 continues with live performances by local NYC musicians. Check out the livestreams on the NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page at noon-1pm every day.
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As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or for support.

Stay strong and be safe,

Anne del Castillo
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment