NYC Reopening: September Updates

Here are your NYC reopening updates at the beginning of September as New York City enters the fourth and final phase of the New York Forward plan.

We are one once again welcoming visitors not currently on the list of restricted states. Those on the list may still visit if they provide an official traveler form and complete a 14-day quarantine according to New York State Department of Health Guidelines

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Subway Hand Sanitizer
Maintain 6 feet apart

Public Transit Updates

Subways, trains, and buses are running with modified schedules, increased cleaning, and safety precautions. Employees and riders are required to wear clean face-coverings unless it is medically unsafe to do so. The subways and trains are thoroughly cleaned at least once a day and high-touch areas are disinfected every 24 hours. To facilitate this deep cleaning process, the subway does not run from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM. Hand sanitizer is being provided to riders in stations and protective equipment vending machines have been installed. Also, in subway stations the ground has been marked to facilitate social distancing.


Social Distance Marker in the Subway
Subway closes for cleaning from 1-5 AM

Outdoor Activities Abound

Restaurants are open with outdoor dining and limited capacity. Many establishments require pre-booked reservations. Low-risk out-door activities such as farmers markets, parks, zoos, and botanical gardens have also reopened with limited capacity and health and safety guidelines.

NYC Outdoor Dining
Farmers Market Masked Socially Distant
Bronx Zoo Entrance Gate

Cultural Institutions, Outdoor Activities, and Sightseeing Attractions

Many iconic NYC sites and cultural institutions have also reopened with restricted entry and attendance requirements. New York has divided these attractions into “low-risk indoor” and “low-risk outdoor” activities. Both categories require social distancing, and clean face-coverings must be worn at all times by staff and visitors.

Indoor Activities like museums must limit capacity to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy including guests and workforce. Groups are limited to only members of the same household or party. Many locations are not offering organized tours. Most institutions require pre-registration and timed entry. Loaned or rented headsets such as audio guides are discontinued. Daily health screening for staff is implemented. Some institutions are requiring temperature checks prior to entry.

Outdoor Activities such as zoos, botanical gardens, and parks must limit capacity to no more than 33% of maximum occupancy including guests and workforce. Hand sanitizers are to be made available in common areas. Loaned and rented equipment are discontinued. Daily health screening for staff is implemented. Some institutions are requiring temperature checks prior to entry.

We hope you’ve found these September NYC reopening updates to be helpful. Feel free to let us know in the comments any other types of events or services you’d like us to write about.

Outdoor Activities

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Oct 3

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Open

American Museum of Natural History – Sep 9

9/11 Memorial and Museum – Sep 12

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – Open

The New-York Historical Society – Sep 11

The Met Cloisters – Sep 12

Whitney Museum of American Art – Open

Brooklyn Museum – Sep 12

MoMA PS1 – Sep 17

Museum of Arts and Design – Sep 17

Sculpture Center – Sep 24

The Noguchi Museum – Sep 23

Rubin Museum of Art – Sep 12

Tenement Museum – Sep 12

American Folk Art Museum – Open

Museum of Jewish Heritage – Sep 13

New Museum – Sep 15

Bronx Museum – Sep 9

El Museo del Barrio – Sep 12

National Lighthouse Museum – Open

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog – Open

Fotografiska New York – Open

Grey Art Gallery – Sep 1

Prospect Park – Open

Bronx Zoo – Open

The High Line – Open

Green-Wood Cemetery – Open

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Open

Wave Hill – Open

Woodlawn Cemetery – Open

Central Park and Central Park Zoo – Open

Prospect Park Zoo – Open

Queens Botanical Garden – Open

Queens County Farm Museum – Open

Bryant Park – Open

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park – Open

Orchard Beach – Open

Governor’s Island – Open

Rockaway Jet Ski – Open

Domino Park – Open

Hudson Yards – Open

Arcadia Earth Museum – Sep 7

Statue of Liberty / Statue Cruises – Open

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration – Open

Radio City Stage Door Tour – Jan 1

Empire State Building – Open

Top of the Rock Observation Deck – Open

Edge Observation Deck – Open

Grand Central Terminal – Open

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Open

Fraunces Tavern Museum – Open

Madame Tussauds New York – Open

Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum – Sep 25

Circle Line, Classic Harbor Line, Liberty, Hornblower River cruises – Most are open

Big Bus and TopView bus tours – Open

Staten Island Ferry – Open

St. George Theatre Feb 28

Alice Austen House – Sep 8

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Open

New York Aquariam – Open

The Metropolitan Opera – Dec 31

New York Philharmonic – Jan 5


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