The Governor and Mayor have recently acknowledged the risks that indoor, cramped spaces with air conditioning pose to the spreading of the virus.
“Indoors is the problem more and more. The news we have gotten from around the country gets worse and worse,” said Mayor de Blasio.
After a surge of COVID-19 cases which are believed to have been catalyzed by indoor dining around the country, Phase 3 will now be limited to personal care services. This category refers to “non-hair-related personal care businesses and services, including tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing.” Barbershops were given the green light to reopen at the beginning of Phase 2.
And restaurant owners will need to continue relying on these options as sole revenue streams. Hopefully this will be enough to keep the majority of them afloat, but many have been closing for good, and unfortunately this trend is likely to continue.
For additional guidelines and updates about NYC’s reopening plan, here’s the official reopening website.