Plan your long weekend: Here's what has reopened in NYC, NJ, Long Island

Maya Rajamani
July 02, 2020 - 3:26 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Fourth of July is almost here, and many businesses and activities in the tristate area have reopened and resumed ahead of the three-day weekend. 

    New York City is expected to enter Phase 3 of its reopening on Monday, July 6, but over the weekend, it will still be in Phase 2. The following have reopened, with safety protocols and social distancing rules in place:

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    • Restaurants, food trucks and other “food concessions” are serving food outdoors and offering take-out and delivery.
    • New York City’s beaches are open for swimming as of this past Wednesday, July 1.
    • The city’s playgrounds have reopened, though team sports like basketball are not currently permitted.
    • Hair salons and barbershops have been allowed to reopen at maximum 50 percent capacity.
    • Non-essential retail stores have been allowed to reopen to customers at maximum 50 percent capacity.
    • Twenty-two open streets in New York City will be dedicated to open restaurants, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “Select corridors” will be up and running on weekends starting in the evening this Friday, July 3.

    Like New York City, New Jersey is currently in Stage 2 of its reopening. The following activities reopened and resumed with restrictions as part of Stage 2, by date:

    • June 15: Child care centers reopened; outdoor dining resumed; non-essential retail stores reopened for indoor shopping; libraries reopened for curbside pickup; Motor Vehicle Commission agencies reopened for pick-up and drop-off services.
    • June 22: Organized sports activities resumed; “personal care businesses” like barbershops and hair salons reopened; swimming pools reopened.
    • June 29: Indoor portions of shopping malls reopened to the public.
    • July 2: Casinos reopened; outdoor playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks and outdoor water parks reopened; museums, libraries, aquariums and indoor recreational facilities reopened; outdoor spaces at gyms and fitness centers reopened; indoor spaces at gyms and fitness centers reopened to “individualized indoor instruction by appointment only.” 
    • Beaches, boardwalks, lakes and lakeshores in New Jersey are open, with restrictions.
    • Gov. Phil Murphy also signed an executive order Thursday raising the cap on the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings to 500 people, effective Friday, July 3.

    Long Island entered Phase 3 of its reopening on June 24. The following are currently reopen in Nassau and Suffolk counties:

    • Indoor dining has resumed at maximum 50 percent capacity. Outdoor dining is also allowed.
    • Non-hair-related “personal care businesses,” including tattoo and piercing salons, nail salons and spas, have reopened at maximum 50 percent capacity.
    • Hair salons and barbershops are open at maximum 50 percent capacity.
    • Non-essential retail stores are reopen to customers at maximum 50 percent capacity.
    • Beaches on Long Island are currently open to swimmers.
    • Playgrounds in Nassau County’s 35 public parks reopened in mid-June.
    • Pools at Nassau County’s Cantiague Park, North Woodmere Park, Wantagh Park and Christopher Morley Park will be open to county residents starting Friday, July 3.