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

All your questions answered.

Written 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. 

Are NYC schools open?

Students in grades 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 began returning to the classroom on Dec 7. District 75 schools at all grade levels began returning to the classroom on Dec 10. Middle school and high school students will be learning remotely until further notice. During his Nov 30 press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested that older students might not return to buildings until the new year.

Can my family eat indoors in NYC?

Beginning Monday, Dec 14, indoor dining—which was operating at 25 percent capacity—will shut down in NYC. Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining will continue.

Can I attend holiday events in NYC?

Christmas events in NYC have been altered this year: Many have pivoted to online experiences, while others have gone completely outdoors and require reservations to keep the capacity in check. Always call ahead before making a visit. If you're looking to stay socially distanced but want to participate in the festivities, check out the best drive-thru Christmas lights near NYC.

Can I travel for the holidays?

City and state officials are recommending that people do not travel for the holidays. Learn all about the states that require you to quarantine or present a negative test when visiting, check out the states offering COVID-19 testing at the airport and see how you can get a rapid COVID-19 test in NYC. All New York State travel guidelines are available online.

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 City? 

Amusement parks, concert halls and movie theaters in New York City are still 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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