New York City gets green light to enter Phase 4 on July 20 (UPDATED)

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that New York City will enter Phase 4 of reopening on Monday, July 20. 

“This is a hallmark for us, every region of the state will now be in Phase 4 so we are all in the final stage or reopening,” Governor Cuomo told reporters via a conference call. “Every region has made it through the four phases without having to close. And the numbers are consistent with through all phases of reopening and this what we said from day 1 –reopen smart and if you reopen smart in phases and follow the data, it’s a better way for the economy to reopen”  

 But Phase 4 in New York City comes with some modifications.  Malls, museums or movie theaters will not reopen on Monday. 

As part of Phase 4, botanical gardens and Zoos can reopen but only at 33 % capacity. Movie and television show productions can also resume as well as professional sports but with no audiences. 

New York City’s Phase 3 of reopening also featured some adjustments to prevent the spread of the virus which featured the return of personal care businesses like spa services, nail salons, tanning services, tattoo parlors, piercing shops and waxing services.  Almost a week before the city entered Phase 3 on July 6, Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio broke the news that indoor dining would not be apart of the newest stage in reopening. 

On Monday, indoor dining will still be off the table. But de Blasio announced on Friday that city will extend its pandemic outdoor dining initiative, which allows restaurants to offer sit-down dining on sidewalks and street curbs, until October 31. In addition, he also announced that 40 more blocks on 26 streets in neighborhoods like Manhattan’s Chinatown, Forest Hills and University Heights in the Bronx will now brings the city to a total of 47 participating locations. 

Participating restaurants, and there are at least 8,600 as of July 17, will be able to serve customers from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 11:00 p.m. over the weekend. 

“When the weather is good I think a lot of New Yorkers will be out enjoying this wonderful opportunity,” de Blasio told reporters. ” But do it the right way, follow the rules. Keep the distance as needed, wear those face coverings, help us keep moving forward.” 

City Hall reported a slight uptick in possible coronavirus hospitalizations on Friday, stating that 75 people were admitted to one of the city’s public hospitals with possible symptoms on July 15, but still far below the city’s threshold of 200 for new infections.

On that same day, the city reported 314 people were admitted to intensive care units for coronavirus related complications and the number of New York City residents testing positive for the virus remains at 2%. 

Here is the list of newly opened street space by borough: 

The Bronx

Cedar Avenue: From W. Fordham R. to Landing R. (organizer Salsa Con Fuego) ( Note: this location will open on Saturday, July 24)


Graham Avenue: From Skillman Avenue to Conselyea Street (organizer Concord Hill)

5th Avenue: From President Street to 3rd Street ( organizer Sunset Park BID)

5th Avenue: From 10th Street to 13th Street ( organizer Park Slope 5th Ave BID)


Jones Street: From Bleecker Street to W. 4th Street ( organizer Blind Tiger)

Bleecker Street: From Mott Street to Bowery Street (organizer Von Design Ltd)

MacDougal Street: From W. 8th Street to W. 3rd Street ( organizer MacDougal Merchants Association) 

Dyckman Street: From Broadway to Seaman Avenue (organizer Sushi Vida)

Spring Street: From 6th Avenue to Thompson Street ( organizer St. Tropez Soho, LLC)

8th Street: From 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue ( organizer Village Alliance) 

32nd Street: From 5th Avenue to Madison Avenue ( organizer Hangawi Restaurant) 

Pearl Street: From Broad Street to Hanover Square ( organizer Alliance for Downtown NY) 

Pine Street: From William Street to Pearl Street ( organizer Alliance for Downtown NY)

20th Street: From Park Avenue to Broadway ( organizer Rezdora) 

Rivington Street: From Essex Street to Norfolk Street (organizer Rivington East Merchants Association) 

Lafayette Street: From Spring Street to Kenmare Street ( organizer Osteria Morini) 

7th Street: From Avenue A to 1st Avenue ( organizer Derossi Global) 

St. Marks Place: From 3rd Avenue to 2nd Avenue ( organizer Village Alliance) 

Avenue B: From 2nd Street to E. 3rd Street (organizer The Hairy Lemon) 

22nd Street: From 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue ( organizer Flatiron 23rd St. Partnership) 

Canal Street: From Orchard Street to Essex Street ( organizer Cervo’s ) 

Christopher Street: From Waverly Place to 7th Avenue South ( organizer Kettle of Fish) 


70th Road: From Austin Street to Queens Boulevard ( organizer Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce) 

Austin Street: From 72nd Avenue to 72nd Road (organizer Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce) 

Woodside Avenue: From 72nd Avenue to 72nd Road ( organizer Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce) 

Updated at 3:50 p.m.

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