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What families can and cannot do in New York City right now

All your questions answered.

By Time Out editors

As a new season gets underway, NYC is experiencing changes.

Some restrictions are loosening while others are getting tighter. It's not always clear what is and isn't acceptable, so we're here to help you navigate this unusual time. 

Can I send my child to school? 

After several delays, NYC schools are officially in session as of October. Some students are learning remotely while others are participating in the blended learning model. Families can opt in for complete remote learning at any time throughout the year or opt into blended learning at a few key points throughout the year. Should a virus infection rate equal or exceed 3 percent on a seven-day rolling basis, the school will close for two weeks. Here is a list of closures thus far, as of Oct 2. 

Can my family go out to eat? 

Indoor dining has resumed at 25 percent capacity in NYC as of Sept 30. Outdoor dining will be a 24/7 fixture in NYC. 

Are fall activities on? 

Outdoor activities such as corn mazes and apple picking are acceptable in New York, provided businesses comply with the state-issued guidelines. Indoor events such as haunted houses are not permitted. Learn more about Governor Andrew Cuomo's guidelines for fall happenings. 

Can my family go trick or treating this year? 

Governor Cuomo said that trick or treating in New York will be acceptable this year, and guidelines are to come. However, the CDC discourages trick or treating. The organization's rules are meant to supplement what states issue for their residents. 

Can I take my family to a museum? 

Museums are reopening at limited capacities. See which of your favorite kids' museums are reopening next. 

What's still closed in New York? 

As of October 2, amusement parks, concert halls and movie theaters in New York are closed.  

Do I still need to wear a mask?

New Yorkers could now be fined up to $1,000 if they don't wear a face covering in public, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sept 29. Here's what you need to know

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