New York City will enter Phase IV Monday, making it the last region to move into state’s final phase of reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed in a Friday afternoon conference call.
Cuomo says he waited to make the final decision after a panel of international experts reviewed the five boroughs’ metrics. The Phase IV green light from Cuomo comes without the long-awaited returns of malls and museums. The governor doused any anticipation for that Thursday, when he said New York City’s Phase IV would include none of the additional indoor activities that have come with the transition for the rest of the state.
Phase IV also reopens low-risk outdoor venues like zoos and botanical gardens with strict capacity limits and mandatory COVID precautions in place. Those will be allowed to return in New York City, should it move to the next phase Monday. Production of media and TV shows can also return, as well as fanless pro sports.
Cuomo offered no new timeline for indoor reopenings. That includes indoor dining, which he similarly left out from New York City’s move into Phase III nearly two weeks ago amid heightened national concerns about enclosed spaces.