Coronavirus: What's open, closed in tri-state area as COVID-19 pandemic wanes

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The economies of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are slowly coming back online as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes.

Here's a look at what types of businesses across the Tri-State area are eligible to reopen or were considered essential and allowed to say open.

New York

New York is reopening regionally as sections of the state meet certain metrics to allow for a phased restart.

The Western New York, Central New York, Capital Region, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, Mid-Hudson and Long Island regions have entered phase 1 of reopening. New York City remains on PAUSE.

The state has set-up a regional monitoring dashboard.

Phase 1 includes:
--Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
--Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
--Wholesale Trade

Phase 2, which no region has entered, includes:
--Professional Services
--Administrative Support
--Real Estate / Rental & Leasing

Phase 3, which no region has entered, includes:
--Restaurants / Food Services

Phase 4, which no region has entered, includes:

New York state parks and beaches are open, but New York City beaches remain closed. Many beaches outside New York City are restricting access to residents only, so be sure to check before traveling to a particular beach. CLICK HERE for a list of beaches that are open.

Campgrounds and RV parks are open, as are all veterinary practices.

The MTA is also increasing service with regional reopenings,

In the state of New York, the following categories of businesses were considered essential and never closed:
  • Essential Health Care Operations
  • Essential Infrastructure
  • Essential Manufacturing
  • Essential Retail
  • Essential Services
  • News Media
  • Financial Institutions
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
  • Construction,
  • Defense
  • Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses
  • Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services

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New Jersey

New Jersey is currently in Stage 1 of a three-stage reopening plan.

Phased-in businesses include:
--Non-essential, but easiest to safeguard, work activities at physical locations if they meet safeguarding and modification guidelines. For example, non-essential construction with protections.
--Some non-essential retail may open with significant modifications. For example, curbside pickup.
--All workers who can work from home continue to work from home even if their industry is reopening. For example, an office manager for a construction company.
--Phased-in activities include state and county parks, non-essential construction, curbside retail, drive-in activities, beaches, and elective surgeries.
--Car and motorcycle dealers along with bike shops can reopen for in-person sales

CLICK HERE for a list of beaches that are open.

In the state of New Jersey, the following categories of businesses were considered essential and never closed:
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries
  • Medical supply stores
  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities
  • Hardware and home improvement stores
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years
  • Pet stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, to deliver online purchases directly to customers, or to arrange for curbside pickup
  • Printing and office supply shops
  • Mail and delivery stores
  • Bars and restaurants for drive-through, delivery, and takeout only
  • broadband and cable services
  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair
  • Livestock feed stores
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Farming equipment stores
  • Child care centers, but only if they certified they would only serve children of essential workers
  • Realtors, but only to show houses 1-on-1 (open houses are prohibited)
  • Firearms retailers, by appointment only and during limited hours
  • Microbreweries or brewpubs for home delivery only

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Connecticut is in Phase 1 of a four-phased plan to reopen.

The following businesses are eligible to reopen:
--Eat-in restaurants (outdoor dining only)
--Offices (though remote working is still encouraged)
--Retail stores
--University research
--Outdoor recreation businesses.

Connecticut state parks that feature beaches along the state's shoreline will be open Friday, May 22, though with capacity limitations. Visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines. CLICK HERE for a list of beaches that are open.

The Department of Economic and Community Development will continue to issue a list of business types permitted to reopen, which may be amended from time to time and shall be incorporated in the Sector Rules. Connecticut also launched a resource guide for small businesses.

Outdoor recreation activities are defined as the following:
--Equestrian (subject to Dept. of Agriculture guidance)
--Mountain Biking
--Boat Tours (subject to 5 passengers)
--Charter Fishing (subject to 5 passengers)
--Sport Fishing (subject to 5 passengers)
--Go Kart Race Tracks, practice only (bring your own, no rentals)
--Driving Ranges
--1:1 Training, outdoors maintain 6 feet
--Race Tracks (practice only, no spectators)
--Campgrounds (subject to DPH rules)
--Outdoor Shooting Range
--Kayaking, Sailing, Canoeing and Stand-up Paddleboarding
--Dirt Biking (practice only)
--Mini Golf
--Batting Cages
--Rope Courses

The following businesses were considered essential and never shut down:
  • Essential workers in the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors
  • Healthcare and related operations
  • Infrastructure
  • All manufacturing and corresponding supply chains, including aerospace, agriculture, and related support businesses
  • Certain retail
  • Food and agriculture
  • Providers of certain services
  • Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations
  • Construction
  • Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings
  • Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public
  • Defense

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