The Covid-19 numbers in New York have been excellent for some time after being the original epicenter of the pandemic. To keep the numbers low the state has reopened businesses in various phases, which stalled in July as Covid-19 rates spiked around the country. As such, various businesses, and institutions have been closed indefinitely with no end in sight. Fortunately, many of these businesses may be able to reopen.
Governor Cuomo announced that bowling alleys may reopen on Monday August 17th with a 50 percent maximum occupancy limit, face coverings and social distancing will be required at all times, every other lane must be closed, patrons need to stay with the party at their assigned lane, thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared or rented equipment between each use will be required; and all food service must follow all state-issued guidance. Due to restrictions on indoor dining, food and beverage service will not be allowed in New York City bowling alleys. There is still no word on when indoor dinning may resume in New York City even though it is permitted in the rest of the state.
Museums and other cultural institutions can reopen starting Monday, August 24. The institutions include museums, aquariums, and other low-risk indoor cultural arts. All institutions that reopen will be subject to state guidance. These institutions must obey strict safety protocols, including a 25 percent maximum occupancy limit, timed ticketing required with pre-set, staggered entry, strict enforcement of face coverings, social distancing, controlled traffic flow to avoid crowding, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Also, on Monday August 17th, the state announced what gyms must do to reopen. They can open as soon as August 24 at 33 percent capacity with mandatory mask wearing and other strict health measures. HVAC systems must meet guidelines. Localities must inspect every gym before it opens or within 2 weeks of opening. Expect strong enforcement on this industry.